MAGAKWE HANDED TWO-YEAR BAN

 
Updated: April 14, 2015

Simon Magakwe cannot compete again until December 2016, Athletics South Africa confirmed on Tuesday, after the speedster from Rustenburg was banned from competition for two years.
According to ASA president Aleck Skhosana, Magakwe had been charged by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for violating Rule 32.2(c) and was found guilty of evading anti-doping officials.
“The minimum sanction for this charge is two years,” Skhosana said.
“He was given an opportunity to appeal to the IAAF but the appeal period has expired and this decision is final.”
Magakwe, who turns 29 next month, earned bronze medals in the 100m and 200m events at the 2010 African Championships in Nairobi, and went on to win the continental title in the short sprint at the 2012 showpiece in Benin.
Last season he formed part of the SA 4x100m relay team that broke the national record, clocking 48.35 seconds to finish fourth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
A six-time national 100m champion, he became the first SA athlete to dip under 10 seconds when he clocked 9.98 in Pretoria in April last year.
His suspension would make him ineligible to compete at the World Championships in Beijing in August and next year’s Rio Olympic Games.