Second Comrades Top Runner Faces Doping Charge
Cape Town – 2 August, 2012 – The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has today released the name of the second athlete that tested positive in the 2012 Comrades as Lephetesang Adoro, who came 7th in the Comrades marathon, and whose sample was sent to Germany to confirm a positive result for a high concentration of testosterone. In addition, the runner also tested positive for the banned corticosteroid, prednisone.

This is according to SAIDS CEO, Khalid Galant, who says that Adoro, who has been notified of the sample result, will now face a charge of doping at an independent tribunal.

The Lesotho runner tested positive when he was tested with the other top 10 finishers in the men’s and women’s categories, after completing the 2012 Comrades Marathon.

“However, a further confirmation analysis needed to be performed on the sample,” explains Galant. “Testosterone is also naturally produced by the body and when a sample tests positive for testosterone beyond a threshold value (level) it indicates an abnormal level in the body and requires further investigation. A Carbon Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (CIRMS) analysis is performed to determine whether the high concentration is naturally produced by the body, or artificially introduced through other means.”

“Our national doping control laboratory does not yet have the necessary equipment to perform CIRMS analysis on samples, therefore, the samples are sent to the doping control laboratory in Cologne, Germany, where they have the requisite equipment and expertise to do the test,” says Galant.

He continues: “As per the protocol for testosterone cases, we have to rule out endogenous production of testosterone and any medical abnormality before releasing the athlete’s name. The investigation has revealed the result was due to an anti-doping rule violation, and a charge will be filed against the athlete.”

Galant says that the process to constitute a hearing to hear the doping charge is the jurisdiction of the Lesotho Olympic Committee or Lesotho Athletics governing body. The case will be passed on to the Lesotho sports authorities to rule on the matter.

“As per the guidelines of the World Anti-Doping Code, the anti-doping authority (SAIDS) may publicly release the names of the athlete who is informed of doping charges prior to the tribunal phase,” he adds.