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COMRADES GOLD MEDALLISTS IN DOPING CONTROVERSY
Sandile Ngunuza tested positive for two banned substances after this year’s 87km ‘up’ run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg (photo credit: www.heraldlive.co.za)
Two Comrades Marathon runners could be stripped of their gold medals for doping offences.
Sandile Ngunuza of Port Elizabeth, who secured his first top-10 finish when he finished ninth at the 87km in KwaZulu-Natal in May, will appear before an independent anti-doping tribunal hearing after his ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples tested positive for two banned substances.
“Ngunuza was found to have traces of oxilofrine and methylhexaneamine in a urine sample taken at the Comrades Marathon,” the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids) revealed in a statement on Friday.
Meanwhile, sixth-placed Joseph Mphuthi, from Frankfort, ran the Comrades while he was provisionally suspended after testing positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone at the 50km Loskop ultra-marathon last year.
“The 40-year-old’s anti-doping tribunal hearing was held on July 8 this year and the decision has not yet been announced,” Saids confirmed.
The anti-doping body said the top 10 men and women were all tested on race day.
Leading up to the event, Saids had also carried out 25 doping control tests on South African athletes and 18 on foreign competitors.
Ngunuza and Mphuti both face potential bans if they are found guilty of anti-doping rule violations.