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Mamabolo wants doping advice

2013-05-07 22:28

Johannesburg - Comrades Marathon champion Ludwick Mamabolo has called for the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids) to educate athletes on their rights and the correct procedures regarding the post-race testing process.

Mamabolo, 36, was cleared of doping charges last week, after his A and B samples tested positive for methylhexaneamine, with an inquiry committee finding multiple irregularities in the testing process.

Eleven months after winning the annual ultra-marathon in KwaZulu-Natal, Mamabolo received his trophy, gold medal, and R300 000 winner's cheque at Comrades House in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.

"I sacrificed Christmas and nice times with my family in order to steal this medal, but they call me a drug user," an emotional Mamabolo, wearing his medal around his neck, said at a media conference on Tuesday.

"Let this be a learning curve - athletes, Athletics SA, and SAIDS must come together."

Mamabolo said many distance runners from rural areas were illiterate, and even veteran athletes were not aware of their rights regarding the testing process.

He believed everything should be explained to them in their home languages, rather than in English.

Fusi Nhlapo, who won the Comrades in 2003, had told Mamabolo he was not aware of doping rules and regulations.

"Fusi Nhlapo was surprised. He has been tested many times more than I have, but he did not know his rights," Mamabolo said.

"Black people - I'm sorry to say it - do not have computers where we can log in.

"We wake up, eat pap, and train. But we have the right to be informed and it's important to us."

Mamabolo insisted he had been wrongly accused, and it was standard practice for athletes to be handed open bottles of energy drinks at the finish line of races.

"I assure you I'm not a drug addict. I do not smoke and I have not had a drink my whole life," he said.

"I know athletes who take drugs, they all know each other, but I have been vindicated."

After becoming the first South African to win the Comrades "down" run since 2005, Mamabolo will line up in Durban next month, in an attempt to become the first local runner to win the "up" run in 21 years.

"When I found out I had tested positive for doping, I increased my training," he said.

"Everything is going well with training. Don't worry about that. Come June 2, at 5:30am, I will be there, confidently."

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Comments
  • Babra Esau Malibeng - 2013-05-07 23:01

    i knew 4rm de start,dat ludwick was'nt doing drugs.but anyway goodluck my bro.

  • Anley Isaac Chinnappa - 2013-05-07 23:08

    well said ludwick, and forget standards and procedures, educate our athletes on the substances, masking agents, etc. that are legal/illegal! downloaded the manual of the WADA website and it requires fairly high intellect to understand this. All sports people, pro...amateur...or leisure must be educated, and the sports clubs and provincial boards must rise to this challenge.

  • Tefo Mhlafu - 2013-05-07 23:11

    Well done my Bra!!!keep it clean........wish athlete could follow your example!!!

  • Makhosonke Nkosi - 2013-05-08 04:29

    Well done to Ludwick, I just wish you had a legal recourse and sue for damages as the rich and famous would do and sue for deformation of character, also demanded a public apology from whoever has accused you. May you win this 2013 up run marathon as well. Good luck.

  • Medunsa Nkhatho - 2013-05-08 05:46

    It hurts but also motivating. Do it again boss. I wonder what is it that they(SAIDS) wanted to attain?

  • Andre Jansen Van Vuuren - 2013-05-08 06:09

    Good luck Ludwick, good on you for not sitting in ash. Go get your next GOLD!

  • Mpho L Mashegoane - 2013-05-08 06:54

    Tell them warra......

  • Roger Zipp - 2013-05-08 07:10

    The medical drugs approved for use by non athletes are listed in quite a thick book (Mims). The book for athletes is considerably thinner. Top contenders should know all their work can be rendered worthless in seconds by blindly taking any medication or contaminated supplement.

  • Njabulo Maunze - 2013-05-08 07:47

    when he came second d year before there was no drug issue and we must remember that Muzingi had won two oceans and it was said that he will be making history by winning both marathons and I have learnt that Muzingi has changed his winning coach for a loser so go Mamabolo go and make us proud

  • Dingane Mathebula - 2013-05-21 23:12

    Mamabolo hv being running 4 long time he is having history in athletics.He never run 2day. wake up 2day nd win the race.We have athletes who are not having history in standard marathons they are not good, look because of the corruption.If your name was not mentioned 2 win u must know u would suffer.Why they keep de test for long time is bcos they want 2 chose the one they love.Running international u get the results same time bcos they are going 2 be cooked 1st.Why Saids they don't do that,is bcos of corruptions people are making living bcos of athletes.How many athletes have won big races but 2day they have no money.We need truth commission 2 check all ppl working Saids if they generate money frm poor athletes.Thanks sebata Mamabolo ke Boss u open CCMA for poor athletes.Now we know our rights

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