- South African rugby player Chiliboy Ralepelle has lost his appeal to rejoin the rugby world
- This after he was found guilty of using a steroid and banned from playing by South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport
- Ralepelle was caught positive for steroid use three times in a ten-year period of his career
Former Springbok and Sharks hooker, Chiliboy Rapelle's appeal to have an 8-year ban from playing rugby lifted has been denied by the Independent Appeal Panel on Thursday morning this week.
Chiliboy received an 8-year long ban by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport in July this year following nearly six months of hearings. The ban came after Chiliboy tested positive for anabolic steroid Zeranol, a banned substance.
This is reportedly the third time in a period of ten years that Chiliboy tested positive for using illegal substances to enhance his performance while playing rugby for both the Sharks as well as the Springboks.
Meanwhile, South Africans have weighed in on the latest developments. Read their comments below.
"Can he still play the game mara? Phela this has been going on for a while?"
"His career is over."
"No one forced him to take drugs. He did it himself."
"Actually so unfair. There is literally no proof other than 3 positive tests. And still confident. Shame, I always give guys the benefit of doubt but THREE times is a bit of a stretch."
"I don’t fully understand why players can cheat and then come back to the sport? What does this teach our youth?"
"I suspected the outcome. Sad though. 3 times quite a huge fine."
In similar Briefly.co.za news, 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.
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