ASA confirms positive tik test

2012-04-26 17:59

Johannesburg - Athletics SA (ASA) confirmed on Thursday that rising South African long jump star Luvo Manyonga has tested positive for the highly addictive drug methamphetamine, commonly known as tik.

Afrikaans newspaper Beeld reported that the 21-year-old Manyonga’s dreams of participating in this year’s London Olympic Game were in the balance after tests returned positive for the drug.

ASA chief executive Frik Vermaak said he could not comment on the athlete’s case as the process was being handled by the SA Institute for Drug-free Sports (SAIDS).

"Until SAIDS finalises their processes we really can’t comment on it; SAIDS are handling the matter and we should allow them to finalise a case that is still sub judice and in process," said Vermaak.

Vermaak said ASA had known about the result for a while. However, he could not provide the exact date SAIDS informed ASA of the test results.

"Like all other cases, SAIDS informs us and they follow their process and only when it is concluded can we comment, because no-one is guilty until they are found guilty," Vermaak said.

This was apparently not the first time Manyonga had landed in hot water, the newspaper reported.

He reportedly went missing for a month after last year’s South African senior championships in Durban.

Manyonga, a former world junior World Championship champion, finished fifth at last year’s World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in his first year as a senior athlete.

The athlete has already qualified once for the Olympics, with a jump of 8.26m at the world championships, but he has yet to reach the Olympic standard of 8.20m for a second time to book his place.


  • Shirley - 2012-04-26 18:21

    I dont understand-you have a talent,a strong future ahead of you,then why the hell would you do this??????

      Sean - 2012-04-27 00:33

      This guy is a complete idiot !!!

  • Reon - 2012-04-26 18:39

    I hope somebody can help him and he doesn't become a statistic.

  • Chanté - 2012-04-26 19:27

    Someone should tell him he is good in long jump not HIGH jump

  • alisonwilsondutoit - 2012-04-26 19:27

    Was the writer of this article also on tik at the time of writing? I thought media (all formats) set a standard in grammatical correct use of language Shocking!

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  • Buy A Hat - 2012-04-26 21:38

    Tik? I see this fool everyday here in stellenbosch , I always knew he on tik...from Mbekweni to such a privilege ..the you ruin petty staff..

  • Fred - 2012-04-27 04:28

    This is just such a sad story. One can't even commend this guy on his choice of drug.

  • Willie - 2012-04-27 10:52

    You are the biggest idiot on the Athletic circuit!!!!! You've got great talent and then you waste it. You did think......younger athletes are looking up at you. FOOL!!!

  • athienkosamatolonasiratee - 2012-05-03 03:16

    When days are dark friends are few, \friends\ turn to enemies, strangers talk like they know you..... Before we get too far with the comments ,criticise the kid and call him names, let us all think out of the box, think about unthinkable possibilities.\r\n 1. Someone could've sabotaged the kid, changed the samples and what-not\r\n.2 If point one is BULL why did ASA keep the news from us? 'cause apparently they knew about this for a while\r\n3. If these allegations are true let us not say bad things about him, remind him about how \FOOLISH\ he was, let us rather give him the support he needs, so that he can bounce back and become the Long Jump World Champion and an Olympic Champion. Thank you #team Manyonga. In you I believe Luvo

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