Athletics SA to succeed in out to ‘troubled however gifted’ Luvo Manyonga after four-year ban

Luvo Manyonga (Gallo)

Athletics South Africa (ASA) says it’s going to attain out to long-jumper Luvo Manyonga, who on Friday was banned from competing for four years after failing to make himself out there for drug testing. 

Manyonga’s historical past of substance abuse is well-documented, and in 2012, he was banned for 18 months having examined constructive for methamphetamine. 

This ban, nevertheless, comes because of failing to avail himself for testing by not revealing his whereabouts to authorities. He had been quickly banned in January for a similar offence. 

In an announcement launched on Saturday, ASA stated it had “taken observe” of what deemed an “unlucky” flip of occasions. 

“This determination comes at a time when the nationwide
federation was already within the strategy of sending out a seek-and-find
intervention staff to see what could be achieved to save lots of our troubled however gifted
athlete,” the assertion learn.

“As a disciplined member of World Athletics, we
assist and stay in solidarity with the excellent work of the Athletics
Integrity Unit which is supposed to make sure that all athletes conform to
Anti-Doping guidelines to ensure fair-play.”

James Moloi, the President of ASA, stated he was “completely gutted” that Manyonga had been suspended. 

“Nevertheless, the Board of ASA has determined to observe by means of on the sooner dedication
to ship a small staff to search out out the place he’s and what can nonetheless be achieved to
help the athlete with no matter he requires to refocus on his profession,” he stated. 

“We additionally need to re-confirm that ASA doesn’t
intrude within the work of the Athletics Integrity Unity and strongly condemn
athletes who undermine its work, as a result of it’s the duty of every
athlete to evolve to Anti-Doping laws.”

Manyonga gained silver for South Africa on the 2016 Rio Olympics however now appears unlikely to take part at subsequent month’s Video games in Tokyo. 

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