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 athlete’s rights, she lodged an appeal against the sanction. The appeal was heard in Johannesburg on April 14 this year. 

Hattingh’s appeal essentially centred on two points. The first was that she had not been privy to the analysis of the “B sample” – a second test which can be requested by an athlete after a positive finding. She also argued that she had unknowingly consumed the banned substances in a supplement.

The Appeal Tribunal pointed out that in terms of the “strict liability principle” athletes are themselves responsible for ensuring that they do not consume prohibited substances.

The Tribunal unanimously found that Hattingh was guilty of a doping infraction and the relevant regulations had not been materially violated during the analysis of the “B sample”.  

The athlete’s original ban still stands and is effective from 26 January 2014.

Clenbuterol is an anabolic agent and phentermine a stimulant, both of which can improve an athlete’s performance.