Comrades champ cleared

South Africa
Comrades Marathon champion Ludwick Mamabolo has been cleared on doping charges Picture: PHILIPP GUELLAND

Comrades Marathon champion Ludwick Mamabolo has been cleared on doping charges, more than 10 months after he tested positive for methylhexaneamine.

Trevor Boswell of Werksmans Attorneys, which handled Mamabolo's case on a pro bono basis, said the athlete was found not guilty on Tuesday in a 60-page judgment.

"They found there was a system failure in the Comrades doping process," Boswell said.

"We identified 14 or 15 irregularities in the sample process."

In an unprecedented move in South African athletics, Mamabolo was allowed to return to competitive running in February in order to earn an income and prepare for this year's Comrades Marathon, pending the outcome of the hearing.

His B-sample had confirmed the presence of methylhexaneamine after his A-sample tested positive for the banned stimulant, following his victory in the annual ultra-marathon in Durban last year.

Boswell confirmed Mamabolo would be defending his title in this year's 89km race, an 'up' run between Pietermaritzburg and Durban on June 2.

 

-Sapa

COMMENTS

     

LATEST STORIES

Lindsay Lohan says she suffered a miscarriage during the taping of her reality TV series.
Brendan Rodgers is confident his Liverpool players possess the necessary ingredients to get the better of title rivals Chelsea when the two teams meet at Anfield this weekend.
A man is expected to appear in the Giyani Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for allegedly killing his 83-year-old grandmother with an axe.

TOP STORIES view all

For the 118th edition of the world's oldest annual marathon, security along the course will be tighter than ever.
It’s unclear how long Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's preliminary probe into claims government has used state funds for its election campaign will take.
Nigerian police are searching for gunmen who stormed into another girls’ school in the early hours of Sunday morning.

NEWS STREAMcloseview all

This is the overlay

eNCA Subscriptions

Close