Rugby player Dyantyi fails B sample drug test in South Africa

Dyantyi insisted he had not taken any banned substance and requested a B sample test.
South Africa's winger Aphiwe Dyantyi fails drug test
In this file photograph taken on September 29, 2018, South Africa’s winger Aphiwe Dyantyi reacts after scoring a try during the Rugby Championship match between South Africa and Australia at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. – Springbok Aphiwe Dyantyi’s B sample has tested positive for banned substances, the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport said August 30, 2019, It was disclosed last weekend that the 2018 Rugby World Breakthrough Player of the Year had tested positive after a Springbok training camp in July. (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP)

Springbok Aphiwe Dyantyi’s B sample has tested positive for banned substances, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport said Friday. It was disclosed last weekend that the 2018 Rugby World Breakthrough Player of the Year had tested positive after a Springbok training camp in July.  

World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year award Aphiwe Dyantyi fails drug test
In this file photograph taken on November 25, 2018, World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year award Aphiwe Dyantyi from South Africa poses with his trophy during the World Rugby Awards at The Monte-Carlo Sporting Club in Monaco. – Springbok Aphiwe Dyantyi’s B sample has tested positive for banned substances, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport said August 30, 2019. It was disclosed last weekend that the 2018 Rugby World Breakthrough Player of the Year had tested positive after a Springbok training camp in July. (Photo by YANN COATSALIOU / AFP)

Dyantyi, who missed out on a chance of selection for the Rugby World Cup in Japan this month because of a hamstring injury, insisted he had not taken any banned substance and requested a B sample test.

“I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently, to enhance my performance on the field,” he said after the A sample result was disclosed. “I have never cheated and never will. The presence of this prohibited substance in my body has come as a massive shock to me.”

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winger Aphiwe Dyantyi fails drug test
The Emirates Lions’ winger Aphiwe Dyantyi (L) tries to tackle The Hurricanes’ centre Peter Umaga-Jensen (R) during the Super Rugby match Emirates Lions v Hurricanes at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on June 8, 2019. (Photo by Christiaan Kotze / AFP)

The 24-year-old winger from the Golden Lions club in Johannesburg can accept the charge and plea for a reduced sanction or appeal before an independent tribunal panel. Should he plead not guilty, there will be a hearing within four weeks and Dyantyi must provide evidence that proves his innocence.


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