- SA 100m female sprinter Tebego Mamathu has just been banned from taking part in any races
- The news was announced by the World Athletics’ integrity unit after she tested positive for anabolic steroids
- She is the second South African female athlete to receive the four-year ban as a result of steroid use
Tebogo Mamathu has just been banned from taking part in races for four years after she tested positive for an anabolic steroid called oxandrolone, which reportedly stimulates accelerated muscle growth.
The news was announced by the World Athletics integrity unit who conducted the test on the 100m sprinter recently. Tebogo is banned from the races alongside Carina Horn, another SA sprinter who tested positive for steroid use last year.
Tebogo first rose to stardom after she became the only female athlete who came close to beating the aforementioned Carina Horns 10.98s 100m sprint record, making it at 11.04s. This made her the second-fastest 100m female sprinter in South Africa.
Meanwhile, South Africans have shared their thoughts on the ban. Read a few of them below.
"Sorry to say but authorities in SA is not doing enough to catch these cheats- especially the elite. There’s alot out there. U’ll be tested once in a blue moon #sad"
"When I see such stories, sometimes I blame lack of knowledge and end up using any off shelf products. I didn’t know that some normal coughing syrups can really affect your doping test results."
In similar reports, last year Briefly.co.za wrote, Aphiwe Dyantyi formally charged after testing positive for multiple anabolic steroids and metabolites.
SA Rugby Mag reports that the Springbok star denied taking any banned substances, requesting that a previously-undisclosed test be retaken:
"I have never cheated and never will. I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently to enhance my performance on the field. I believe in hard work and fair play."
Planet Rugby reports that Dyantyi had not been included in the squad for the World Cup, despite being named World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2018.
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