Aphiwe Dyantyi agent on doping saga: 'We are in Saids’s hands now'

Aphiwe Dyantyi (Getty)
Aphiwe Dyantyi (Getty)
  • Springbok Aphiwe Dyantyi’s case could take significant steps forward in the coming months, a year after he tested positive for anabolic steroids and metabolites.
  • The 25-year-old is awaiting final lab results done on suspected contaminated supplements that could absolve him.
  • His agent, Gert van der Merwe, said they wanted the swiftest way to get the independent hearing to take place.

Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi’s agent Gert van der Merwe says the player and his representatives were open to a proposed virtual independent dope hearing on the case in order to get as swift an outcome as possible.

Dyantyi was suspended from all rugby activity shortly before the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad was announced after testing positive for three banned substances during a test at the Bok camp on 2 July.

Three high-profile banned substances – metandienone, methyltestosterone and LGD-4033 (Ligandrol) – were found in his system, all of which are classified S1 substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The 25-year-old has maintained his innocence throughout, saying last year: "I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently, to enhance my performance on the field. I believe in hard work and fair play."

The South African Institute for Drug-free Sport (Saids) CEO Khalid Galant said this week that the anti-doping custodian needed to develop a fresh framework for virtual hearings within the next two months, which all parties had to co-sign.

On Tuesday, Van der Merwe said: "We’re in Saids’s hands now.

"We are waiting for them to direct us regarding when we will have the hearing. We just want to get this over with, so we are waiting for them to direct us as to what’s the quickest way we will be able to sort this out."

Dyantyi sent suspected contaminated substances for lab testing after his "B" sample also came back positive last August, in an effort to get scientific evidence that could exonerate him.

"We are still waiting for the final results from the lab. Yes, we are confident," said Van der Merwe.

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