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Chiliboy’s B test positive

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Unfortunately for Ralepelle he has a previous conviction, having tested positive for a banned substance when he was playing for French club Toulouse, resulting in a two-year ban from rugby

Chiliboy Ralepelle of the Sharks during 2017 Curie Cup match between Sharks and Western Province at GrowthPoint Kings Park, Durban South Africa on 28 October 2017. Picture: ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Under-fire Sharks and former Springbok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle has 21 days in which to decide whether to fight the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sports (Saids) finding that he has tested positive for a banned substance, or plead guilty in mitigation of sanction.

Yesterday Saids revealed that Ralepelle had for a second time tested positive for banned substance Zeranol. Ralepelle last week asked for his B sample (taken from the same urine test as the A sample) to be tested and Saids once more found evidence of Zeranol, a growth promotant used in livestock.

Until Ralepelle’s B sample proved positive, the Sharks had refused to get involved or comment on the matter but they have now broken their silence.

A Sharks spokesperson told Independent Newspapers: “We are saddened by the finding. We strongly condemn doping in any form and we respect the work done by Saids. The Sharks are highly proactive in continually educating and providing guidance to our players on anti-doping regulations.”

Saids said the ball is now in Ralepelle’s court.

“The athlete now has the option of offering a guilty plea, where after a decision will be issued explaining the doping sanction. The athlete may also submit a plea for consideration of a reduced sanction by providing mitigating circumstances. Should the athlete opt to contest the sample result, a hearing of an independent tribunal panel will be convened to adjudicate over the proceeding and hand down a decision.”

Unfortunately for Ralepelle he has a previous conviction, having tested positive for a banned substance when he was playing for French club Toulouse, resulting in a two-year ban from rugby.

Mike Greenaway