Cape Town - South African Laboratory (SAIDS) has revealed that all Athletics South Africa (ASA) events this year have been declared doping free.
During the course of 2016, athletes were vigilantly tested for the use of illegal substances and the samples were sent to Doha, Qatar for thorough processing.
“We are happy that our efforts to rid of and also to deter athletes from cheating, is now bearing fruit. This is what every national federation strives for and it’s a major achievement for us so far.
“We can only thank our athletes and their coaches for choosing to compete on a fair level, allowing themselves to concentrate on honest preparations to improve performance and get better results each time.
“ASA encourages them to continue on this honest path as we together take South African athletics forward,” said Aleck Skhosana, the President of Athletics South Africa.
Skhosana also explained that this declaration also paves way for ASA to finalise outstanding competition prize money to deserving athletes.
“In recent months there has been much speculation among athletes regarding the long delay in payment of prize money won at ASA events.
“The reason for the delay was caused by the fact that South African Laboratory, where athletes’ samples were tested for the use of illegal substances, had at that time lost their WADA Accreditation. This meant the samples of athletes had to be sent to Doha, Qatar for testing.”
Now that SAIDS have now released many of the outstanding results, ASA has acted speedily and more than 70 percent of the athletes have already received their prize money. The remaining 30 percent will be paid shortly as soon as it is processed.
In most individual cases where payment has not been processed, the banking details were incorrect and ASA is in the process of addressing this with the affected athletes to establish their correct banking details.