Update on Chiliboy's doping ban
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Disgraced Springbok Mahlatse “Chiliboy” Ralepelle, lost his appeal against an eight-year doping ban.
Ralepelle was banned by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) after testing positive for the banned anabolic substance Zeranol at an out-of-competition test on January 17 last year.
However, the former Springbok captain, with the help of his lawyer, Hendrik Hugo of ENS Africa contested the doping charges.
In July, his legal team revealed to rugby365com, that there there are “many grounds” of appeal due the multiple inaccuracies in the findings and the length of the ban was also an issue.
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Following the legal proceedings, SAIDS revealed on Thursday that the Independent Doping Hearing Panel has ‘upheld the original sanction of eight years,”
The SAIDS’ official statement read: “The panel took into account that it was his second doping offence within a ten-year period.
“The panel relied on the sanction’s framework in the World Anti-Doping Code that granted them the jurisdiction to hand down an eight-year ban from sport.
“The athlete lodged an appeal against the ban and also the drug testing process that he was subjected to. An Independent Appeal Panel heard the grounds for appeal. The Appeal Panel found that the panel that heard the hearing, in the first instance, had not erred in their application of the sanction’s framework in the World Anti-Doping Code.
“The Appeal Panel, therefore, upheld the original sanction of eight years.
“Ralepelle’s ban from sport is backdated to the 17th January 2019 for eight years. If the athlete does not accept the decision, he may seek relief at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland,”
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