Athletics

Mthangayi tests positive

Lindhikaya Mthangayi (File)
Lindhikaya Mthangayi (File)
Cape Town - The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) have announced on Wednesday 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.
 
Mthangayi, who runs for the Lion of Africa Itheko Sport Athletic club, 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.
 
Mhtangayi clocked a time of 2:17:02. He held off the challenge of Kenya’s Paul Manwa (2:17:50).
 
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 he is found guilty, he faces the possibility of a four to six year ban from sport.
 
“I will definitely request a B-Sample. I am really worried about being banned because I run for a living. I am planning to run Two Oceans Ultra next year,” Mthangayi said in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
 
“It was never my intention to cheat because we all know we get tested at a race like the Cape Town marathon. The only new product I used was Ginsana, which I bought at Dischem Pharmarcy in Cavendish Square in Claremont.
 
“The pharmacist told me that it contains no illegal substances. Ginsana helps to boost my oxygen intake, concentration levels and endurance. I train very hard and also found that it especially helps with speeding up my recovery after training. I also use VO2 max and Vooma gels on the day of the race,” explained Mthangayi.
 
SAIDS CEO, Khalid Galant said it is their 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,” he added.

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