After testing positive for anabolic steroids at a training camp with the South Africa squad last month, Springboks winger Aphiwe Dyantyi has been handed a four-year ban.
The South African doping agency came to the decision on Friday after Dyanti’s “B” sample confirmed the results of the tests he failed at the training camp on July 2.
The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport said:
“(Dyantyi) has now been formally charged with a doping offence for multiple anabolic steroids and metabolites”
Aphiwe Dyantyi’s career with the Springboks started in fascinating style and the 25-year-old won World Rugby’s breakthrough player of the year award last year due to his on-field heroics.
In his first season in international rugby, Dyantyi, who made his debut for South Africa against England on June 2018, scored six tries in 13 tests. He was also instrumental for South Africa’s in their victory over world champions New Zealand in Wellington, with his two successful tries in the particular match.
But he has not featured for South Africa since November and was also excluded from the Springbok’s Rugby World Cup squad after being provisionally suspended.
A comment from South African rugby’s governing body said:
“SA Rugby, the Lions Rugby Company and Dyantyi are working with Saids, the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and all other relevant authorities on the matter and no further comment can be made at this stage”
Dyantyi can now accept the ban after admitting to the charge or plead not guilty to a hearing, which is scheduled to take place in the next four weeks.
It is more likely that Dyantyi would go with the second option as he in a statement, after the initial news of the failed test last weekend, denied “ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently, to enhance my performance on the field.”