Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)

The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) imposed the following sanctions during the period July to November 2019:

  • A twelve (12) months sanction from all sport on the South African Powerlifting Federation (SAPF)athlete, Vanessa Lessing, following an anti-doping rule violation. Ms. Lessing tested positive for the presence of Phentermine. Her period of ineligibility began on 29 March 2019 (the date she was notified of her suspension) and will serve until and including 28 March 2020.
  • A two (2) year sanction from all sport on Athletics South African (ASA) athlete, Raphael Segodi, following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Segodi tested positive for the presence of Betamethasone and Ritalinic Acid. His period of ineligibility began on 8 July 2019 (the date he accepted the suspension) and will serve until and including 7 July 2021.
  • A twelve (12) months sanction from all sport on Athletics South African (ASA) athlete, Professor Ncube, following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Ncube tested positive for the presence of Prednisone. His period of ineligibility began on 27 June 2019 (the date he accepted the suspension) and will serve until and including 26 June 2020.
  • A sixteen (16) months sanction from all sport on Athletics South African (ASA) athlete, Siyabonga Dingile, following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Dingile tested positive for the presence of Betamethasone. His period of ineligibility began on 9 July 2019 (the date he accepted the suspension) and will serve until and including 9 November 2020.
  • A four (4) year sanction from all sport on Athletics South African (ASA) athlete, Jeromy Andreas, following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Andreas tested positive for the presence of 1Testosterone. His period of ineligibility began on 30 October 2018 (the date he was notified of his suspension) and will serve until and including 29 October 2022. Mr Andreas appealed the sanction rendered by the hearing of first instance, however his appeal application was dismissed.
  • A four (4) year sanction from all sport on Athletics South African (ASA) athlete, Rofihwa Mathidi, following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Mathidi evaded a test mission on 7th April 2019. His period of ineligibility began on 9 May 2019 (the date he accepted the suspension) and will serve until and including 9 November 2022.
  • A twelve (12) month sanction from all sport on Netball South African (NSA) athlete, Maria Magdalena Claassens, following an anti-doping rule violation. Ms. Claassens tested positive for the presence of Ritalinic Acid, a metabolite of Methyphendate. Her period of ineligibility began on 16 July 2019 (the date was notified of her suspension) and will serve until and including 16 July 2020.
  • A six (6) month sanction from all sport on Netball South African (NSA) athlete, Chante Louw following an anti-doping rule violation. Ms. Louw tested positive for the presence of Cathine. Her period of ineligibility began on 22 August 2019 (the date was notified of her suspension) and will serve until and including 22 February 2020.
  • A two (2) month sanction from all sport on Netball South African (NSA) athlete, Sue- Ann Botha following an anti-doping rule violation. Ms. Botha tested positive for the presence of Salbutamol. Her period of ineligibility began on 15 October 2019 (the date was notified of her suspension) and will serve until and including 15 December 2019.
  • A four (4) year sanction from all sport on the South African Rugby Union (SARU) rugby player, Mthokozi Gumede, following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Gumede tested positive for the presence of 19-Norandrosterone. His period of ineligibility began on 29 March 2019 (the date he was notified of his suspension) and will serve until and including 28 March 2023.
  • A four(4) year sanction from all sport on the South African Rugby Union (SARU) rugby player, Nhlanhla Mlondobozi, following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Mlondobozi tested positive for the presence of Methyltestosterone and its metabolites. His period of ineligibility began on 25 April 2019 (the date he was notified of his suspension) and will serve until and including 24 April 2023.
  • A four (4) year sanction from all sport on the South African Rugby Union (SARU) rugby player, Merchant Henning, following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Henning tested positive for the presence of Stanozolol. His period of ineligibility began on 26 August 2018 (from date of sample collection) and will serve until and including 25 August 2022.
  • A six (6) month sanction from all sport on the South African Rugby Union (SARU) rugby player, Keegan Stan Branford, following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Branford tested positive for the presence of Cannabinoids. His period of ineligibility began on 31 July 2019 (the date he accepted the suspension) and will serve until and including 30 January 2020.
  • An eighteen (18) month sanction from all sport on the South African Rugby Union (SARU) rugby player, Renier Els, following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Els tested positive for the presence of Tamoxifen. His period of ineligibility began on 20 September 2019 (the date he was notified of his suspension) and will serve until and including 20 March 2021.
  • A fourteen (14) month sanction from all sport on the International Federation Bodybuilding South African (IFBBSA) athlete, Roberspeare Bopda, following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Bopda tested positive for the presence of Furosemide. His period of ineligibility began on 13 June 2019 (the date he was notified of his suspension) and will serve until and including 12 August 2020.
  • A three (3) year and nine (9) month ban from all sport on the International Federation Bodybuilding South Africa (IFBBSA) athlete, Dexter van Rooyen, following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Van Rooyen tested positive for the presence of Stanozolol. His period of ineligibility began on 13 June 2019 (the date he was notified of his suspension) and will serve until and including 13 March 2023.
  • A four (4) year sanction from all sport on the International Federation Bodybuilding South African (IFBBSA) athlete, Bafana Msiwa, following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Msiwa tested positive for the presence of Oxandrolone, Prednisone, Furosemide, Boldenone. His period of ineligibility began on 13 June 2019 (the date he was notified of his suspension) and will serve until and including 12 June 2023.

The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) imposed the following sanctions on international athletes participating in the Arnold Classics 2019 held in South Africa in May 2019 after testing conducted by SAIDS:

  • A four (4) year sanction on Brazilian bodybuilder Rui Silva, following an anti-doping rule violation at the Arnolds Classics 2019 held in South Africa (Sandton, JHB) in May this year. Mr. Silva tested positive for the presence of Anastrozole, Epitrenbolone, Fluxymesterone, Drostanolone, Clostabol, 19-Norandrosterone. His period of ineligibility began on 18 May 2019 (the date he was notified of his suspension) and will serve until and including 17 May 2023.
  • A four (4) year sanction on Angolan bodybuilder Florisvaldo Franciso, following an anti-doping rule violation at the Arnolds Classics 2019 held in Sandton in May this year. Mr. Franciso tested positive for the presence of Triamterene, Chlorothiazide, Furosemide and Clenbuterol. His period of ineligibility began on 18 May 2019 (the date he was notified of his suspension) and will serve until and including 17 May 2023
  • A four (4) year sanction on Italian bodybuilder Alessandro Balsamo, following an anti-doping rule violation. Mr. Balsamo evaded a test mission on 18 May 2019 at the Arnold Classics held in Sandton. His period of ineligibility began on 30 May 2019 (the date he was notified of his suspension) and will serve until and including 29 May 2023.

The details of these cases can be found under the Doping Cases page on our website.

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