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Flyweight Boxers get Bans. Cape Town, 26 July, 2012 – The Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has announced that two Eastern Cape boxers, Ntobeko Patrick Duma and Siviwe Hasheni, have received bans following testing positive for Marijuana after the Eastern Cape Junior Flyweight Championship Fight featherweight title fight on 31 March this year. The banned substances were found in the boxers’ urine samples, which were taken by the Institute’s doping control officials at the event. This is according to SAIDS CEO Khalid Galant, who says that Duma has received a 2 month ban from 18 May to 18 July 2012, and Hasheni has received a 3 Month ban from 18 May to 18 August 2012. At the hearing the boxers pleaded in mitigation of a sanction and both claimed the use of traditional medicine with a Sangoma (traditional healer) that elicited the positive dope test for marijuana. To help address the growing doping problem in Boxing, the Institute recently delivered a national anti-doping outreach programme in partnership with Boxing SA to educate boxers around the country on the dangers and risks of taking prohibited substances and the consequences associated with doping. “We will continue to expand our education efforts to the boxing community and also highlight the risks of using traditional medicines in professional sport,” Galant adds.