'Cocaine Pedrie' lucky to escape ban

2010-01-12 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Pedrie Wannenburg can consider himself lucky that he was not banned from rugby, the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport said yesterday.

Wannenburg, a Bulls and Springbok player, revealed in the magazine Finesse he had abused cocaine, ecstasy and alcohol.

Chris Hattingh, a pharmacist and board member of the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport, said yesterday that if there was sufficient evidence for Wannenburg’s abuse and it was swept under the carpet, it “is a scandal for South African rugby”.

The Blue Bulls Company (BBC) said in a statement yesterday that “similar rumours” about Wannenburg reached it in the 2008 season.

BBM chief executive Barend van Graan said that it was immediately discussed with Wannenburg and handled internally.

Van Graan did not want to elaborate on how the internal process was conducted and whether Wannenburg made the same confession as he did in the interview.

“We view the matter as closed and won’t comment further.”

According to the statement, it is BBC policy to regularly test players for banned substances and Wannenburg “always tested negative”

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