The Independent Doping Tribunal Panel handed down its decision in two parts this week on the doping charge against former Springbok and Sharks rugby player, Mahlatse “Chiliboy” Ralepelle.  The player tested positive for the banned anabolic agent, Zeranol, during an out-of-competition test on the 17th January 2019.

The athlete challenged the doping charge and was afforded the opportunity to seek legal counsel to present his case and version of events to the tribunal panel.  The hearings were adjourned multiple times and were held over a period of six months.  The panel reached a decision first on the merits of the case where they found the player guilty of a doping offense.

Ralepelle had previously tested positive on two separate occasions while playing overseas. The Zeranol positive case was his third positive dope test during his playing career within a 10 year period, however the player’s first positive case was ruled a No Fault decision and he then received a reprimand. The panel had to refer to sports jurisprudence to determine the appropriate sanction which they ruled to be the player’s second doping offense.

The Independent Doping Tribunal Panel ruled that Mr Ralepelle must serve an eight-year ban for doping.  The ban will expire on the 27thJanuary 2027.  The player has 21 days within which to file an appeal against the sanction.

For more information on Doping Cases handed to SA athletes, visit our dedicated web-page. For more information on the health risks related to anabolic steroids and other prohibited substances, take a look at our “Dangers of Doping” leaflet (and more in our Education Material Library).