South African judoka Daniel le Grange has been suspended for two years for a doping violation.

Le Grange, who represented South Africa at the  2014 Commonwealth Games, was found to have traces of the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide in a urine sample. 

Diuretics are prohibited because they have been used by athletes to gain an unfair advantage, especially in sports with weight categories. They assist with rapid weight loss or to mask the presence of other banned substances.  

Le Grange placed fifth in the under 60kg category at the Commonwealth Games last year.

On March 17 this year a disciplinary committee considered the charges brought against Le Grange by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS).

The 23-year-old athlete argued that he had been prescribed the medication for back pains and difficulty passing urine. The pharmacist had warned him that it contained banned substances, but he went ahead and took it anyway.

The disciplinary committee found that there were no grounds for a reduction of the mandated two-year suspension period.

Le Grange was tested out-of-competition on July 15, 2014. He was informed of the test result on February 19, 2015, and his suspension is effective from that date.  

The delay in reporting of the test result by the SA Doping Control Laboratory in Bloemfontein was due to shortages of analytical staff in 2014.