Cape Town Marathon winner tests positive for banned steroid

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The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has announced today that the Cape Town Marathon winner Lindhikaya Mthangayi tested positive for a prohibited anabolic steroid, Methandienone, and will face a doping charge at an independent tribunal.

Lindhikaya Mthangayi tested positive in an in-competition test conducted by the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport at the Cape Town Marathon on 22 September 2013.

This is Mthangayi’s second offence as the athlete tested positive in 2009 for the stimulant, methylhexaneamine during the Nedbank Marathon series and received a six-month ban.

Mthangayi has the option to request his B-Sample analysed to confirm A-sample result. If Mthangayi is found guilty, he faces the possibility of a four to six-year ban from sport.

“It is our responsibility as the national anti-doping organisation to protect the clean athletes and uphold the integrity of sport. Athletes should expect that any event they compete in will be subject to drug testing,” explains SAIDS CEO, Khalid Galant.

(Picture: Runner on a starting line from Shutterstock)
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