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July 2015: TWO 2015 Comrades Marathon top-10 finishers face the possibility of losing their gold medals for doping offences. Port Elizabeth’s Sandile Ngunuza will appear before an Independent Anti-Doping Tribunal hearing after tests at the event revealed presence of banned stimulants in his system. Ngunuza finished ninth in the Comrades on May 31 2015. Sixth-placed Joseph Mphuthi, from Frankfort, ran the... Read More

July 2015: With the 2015 Craven Week schools rugby festival only days away the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has pointed to an alarming doping trend in the sport at this level. “We have increased the number of doping control tests at Craven Rugby Week and we continue to catch young players testing positive for performance enhancing drugs,”... Read More

Keeping it Clean

The Comrades Marathon is world-renowned as an ultra-marathon challenge and has attracted more than a few cheats over the years. Some of these have been runners who got lifts in vehicles along part of the course between Pietermaritzburg and Durban or even used “substitutes” to run sections for them. But doping offences have also taken place among the elite runners... Read More

The SAIDS Appeal Tribunal has upheld the two-year ban on Port Elizabeth triathlete Mariette Hattingh for doping offences. Hattingh, a leading age-group competitor, tested positive for clenbuterol and phentermine at the Ironman SA 70.3 event in East London in January 2014. The athlete was sanctioned for two years after an Independent Tribunal  hearing in July last year. As per the... Read More