Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) sanctioned 30 athletes for doping during 2014/15, a reduction over the previous year, revealed its annual report. Of those, 11 were rugby players, nine took part in athletics disciplines, six took part in cycling disciplines, two were powerlifters, one a wrestler and one a judoka.
Of the 30 sports listed in the annual report, blood tests were conducted in six sports. Ten sports tested athletes for the presence of erythropoietin (EPO), but no EPO positives were reported in the year. The powerlifter, wrestler and judoka were caught using a urine test, since no blood or EPO tests were recorded in those sports. At school level, 12 adverse analytical findings were reported from 173 urine tests – no blood or EPO tests were utilised.
Page 31 of the annual report, reproduced below, lists the sanctions implemented during the year, and the substances involved. As the results show, the majority of athletes were caught using anabolic agents. SAIDS reported a net profit of R1.28 million (€83,670) during the year to 31 March 2015, compared to a loss of R182,000 (€11,900) during the 2014 year.