Mamabolo still has no prize

2013-02-17 10:00

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Doping accused Ludwick Mamabolo’s R300 000 prize for winning the Comrades Marathon will remain frozen, the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids) confirmed.

This is despite the anti-doping body lifting the provisional ban on Mamabolo last Thursday following a drawn-out legal battle since the 35-year-old tested positive for a banned substance after winning the June 2012 ultra-marathon.

In an unprecedented move in domestic athletics, an independent tribunal granted the 35-year-old permission to return to competition despite his pending doping violation case.

He won his return race, the Werda Toyota Mountain half-marathon in Makhado, Limpopo, last Saturday.

Saids chief executive Khalid Galant told City Press this week athletes who test positive for “specified substances” were not likely to be granted reprieves.

Said Galant: “He tested positive for methylhexaneamine, which is regarded as a specified substance.

“If found guilty, all the medals and prize money he won during this period will be expunged. His Comrades prize money is still being withheld.”

Mamabolo’s powerful legal team succeeded in having the tribunal lift the provisional suspension.

The team, which includes advocates Gilbert Marcus SC and Kate Hofmeyr, attorneys Greg Nott, David Hertz, Trevor Boswell and Louise Bick – all of whom are acting pro bono – argued that “proper procedures were not followed during the testing process and the entire testing process was fatally flawed, which should result in a nullity of the test results”.

Galant said: “We were not bullied because if there is a legitimate argument, then there must be a balance. We were also sensitive to the athlete’s rights as per the anti-doping rules and regulations.”

At the close of the heads of arguments in December, Mamabolo’s legal team brought an application requesting:

» The adjudication panel stop the disciplinary hearing because of a number of serious irregularities that took place during the urine sample collection process that occurred after Mamabolo completed the marathon on June 3 last year.

» If such a strict test is applied to Mamabolo’s actions, then the anti-doping organisation should be expected to apply its own rules meticulously.

Mamabolo’s lawyers also said the disciplinary hearing should stop immediately – and the doping charges be withdrawn – because to proceed with the hearing would increase the unfairness already suffered by Mamabolo.

Galant said the application to nullify the hearing was dismissed.

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