Cape Town, 10 December 2014 – The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) Appeal Board has dismissed the appeal of former Cape Epic African jersey rider and SA Cross Country champion, Brandon Stewart. The athlete lodged an appeal against his two-year ban from sport for testing positive for testosterone.

Mr Stewart had previously appealed against the denial of his Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for testosterone. The appeal was not successful. A hearing was subsequently held where the athlete together with his legal counsel presented his version of events in mitigation of a doping sanction. The independent tribunal ruled that a doping infraction occurred and handed down a two-year sanction.

Stewart’s appeal against the doping sanction was dismissed after a formal hearing was held on the 13th of November and he has been ordered by the Appeals Panel to pay the costs of the appeal as well as serve out his two-year ban from the 27th of March 2014.

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