Springboks

Star Springbok apologises to team-mates after failed doping test

Aphiwe Dyantyi (Photo supplied by SA Rugby)
Aphiwe Dyantyi (Photo supplied by SA Rugby)

Cape Town - Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi has tested positive for a banned substance.

Dyantyi has requested the testing of a 'B' sample after the Lions wing, capped on 13 occasions by the Springboks, had a urine sample, given on July 2 while attending a Springbok training camp, returned positive for a banned substance on August 14 by South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS). 

In a media statement issued on Saturday via his agent Gert van der Merwe, Dyantyi, denied any wrongdoing.

Dyantyi has not featured for the Springboks this season with reports suggesting he is still struggling with an injury.

Despite a stellar start to his Springboks career when he was named World Rugby's Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2018, he is not expected to be included in national coach Rassie Erasmus' 31-man squad for this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan which will be announced at 15:00 on Monday - which will be Dyantyi's 25th birthday.

Dyantyi made his Springbok debut in June last year against England at Ellis Park and played his last Test against Wales in Cardiff on the end of year tour.

Full statement on Aphiwe Dyantyi failed doping test:

On Wednesday, 14 August 2019, I was notified by SAIDS that a urine sample that I had provided on 2 July 2019, during my attendance at the Springbok camp, had returned a positive result for a banned substance.

We have requested that my “B sample” be tested and will have feedback during the course of the next couple of days.

I would like to put the following on record;

– 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. I have never cheated and never will;

– The presence of this prohibited substance in my body has come as a massive shock to me and together with my management team and experts appointed by them, we are doing everything we can to get to the source of this and to prove my innocence;

– As a professional sportsman on national and international level we get tested on a regular basis. I have been tested before and again, since this test. It is part of the job and we all know that each and every player is bound to get tested at least two to four times a year. Taking any prohibited substance would not only be irresponsible and something that I would never intentionally do, it would also be senseless and stupid;

I underwent a drug-test on the 15th of June 2019 (only two weeks prior to the 2nd July testing) which did not return any adverse finding;

I want to apologise in advance to my team-mates and management at the Lions and Springboks, my friends and my family for the negative impact this news may have. Personally this game has given me an opportunity to inspire not only the young rugby hopefuls but South Africans across all walks of life and that is something I do not take for granted and something I would definitely not risk by doing a stupid act like this.

I will now put all my energy in working with my support team and focus in proving my innocence in this matter and will not be providing any comments until there are further developments in the matter that warrants comment from my side.

Aphiwe Dyantyi

Compiled by Garrin Lambley

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