MABANE TESTS POSITIVE FOR STEROIDS

 
Updated: June 5, 2015

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Former Comrades Marathon gold medallist Elias Mabane could face a ban of up to four years from competitive sport.
The 47-year-old road runner, who won the Om die Dam ultra-marathon in Hartbeespoort in 2006, tested positive for Nandrolone (an anabolic steroid) after finishing second at last year’s 68km Legends Marathon in the Eastern Cape.
“A hearing was held on May 14 and it was adjourned for a second hearing pending more information from the athlete,” said SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids) chief executive Khalid Galant.
A new date for the hearing still needed to be set, Galant confirmed.
It is the second time this year Mabane has been implicated in a possible scandal.
The veteran athlete was accused of being involved in a syndicate selling stolen race numbers in Gauteng earlier this season, but his participation was not confirmed and he did not face a hearing.
Aside from Om die Dam, Mabane’s lengthy elite career includes victories at the Johnson Crane Marathon in Benoni, the Deloitte Marathon in Pretoria and the Nigel Marathon.