Mamabolo faces 3-month wait

2012-06-21 14:21

Johannesburg - It will take up to three months for the results of Ludwick Mamabolo's B-sample test, the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAID) said on Thursday.

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"Once the athlete has given a verbal indication that he would like to have his B-sample tested, it is two weeks before the process can begin," said CEO Khalid Galant.

"We're looking at around two to three months before we know the results."

Mamabolo won the Comrades marathon on June 3 and tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine, and has requested for his B-sample to be tested to clear his name.

Mamabolo is yet to be stripped of his title pending the investigation but is provisionally suspended from all sport until he is cleared.

"He [Marambolo] has a provisional suspension. Up until the hearing he can't participate in any sport. The same was the case with Lance Armstrong."

Seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong, was training for a triathlon in France on June 24, but began a suspension when allegations of doping were announced on June 13.

Mamabolo completed the ultra-marathon between Pietermaritzburg and Durban in 2010 where he finished second, and in 2011 ended seventh.

Comrades marathon media officer Delaine Cools confirmed that Mamabolo was tested in his two previous races.

"All the top athletes are tested and he would have definitely been tested in 2010 and 2011," said Cools.

Meanwhile, Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) general manager Gary Boshoff said he was satisfied with the testing process.

"The drug testing protocol employed by Drug Free Sport SA ensures that the race remains a fair contest between the best Ultra-distance Athletes in the world," said Boshoff.

"The CMA has full confidence in the protocol employed by Drug Free Sport SA and will continue to use their proven expertise to protect the race against cheaters," he said.


  • peter.ndamase - 2012-06-21 14:41

    He is jobless, the winnings are withheld, the media has already found him guilty, he is definitely a BLACK man.

      thebe.tau - 2012-06-21 14:50

      Plus news24 whites hate him with a passion, I say guilty as charged-black man for sure.

      J.D. - 2012-06-21 14:56

      Peter, hate is like drinking poison in the hope your enemy will die. I for one, is not that stupid. I leave it for you to hate.

      Zimbobwe - 2012-06-21 15:00

      Peter who said this man is jobless??? He works for ABSA full time and has a Bcom degree in finance. The media is reporting what SAID is stating and he is definitely a black man with some brains... and what about you???

      makgabojane.masehela - 2012-06-21 15:29

      Why are we so quick judge hee,on the other hand its our media on the other hand is the whole country why can't we just give him a break.

  • Henry - 2012-06-21 14:45

    Ludwick's my man. Whatever the results, he's got my support. I'm a Comrade myself, no man can be brave enough taking 3 month's unpaid leave. He had all the determination and the dedication in his mind. Now to allege that he used stimulants? (Too early to tell) I'd like him to be strong (whatever the results) Not that this vendetta should let him down. \Mamabolo, my man. We will overcome\

      makgabojane.masehela - 2012-06-21 15:24

      I fully agree with you Henry, me and you are in the same boat, Whatever the outcome i will always support him.

  • matome.mpho - 2012-06-21 14:57

    But dis got sum littlebid of doupts,nd is unfair as well or is bcoz of de colour of his skin.\cn we call dis racism or wht?

      boris.lenagry - 2012-06-21 15:11

      english?? do u speak it?

      makgabojane.masehela - 2012-06-21 15:43

      Ke tshepa gore ga o lekgowa, o mopedi and leleme la gago ke sepedi so batho ba se nagane gore wena o tla tseba maleme a gabo bona go feta la gago, ge e le rena re a o okwishisha. Ngwala ka mokgwa wo o ratang wa gesho. Ge e le Mamabolo yena ba mo jela mona lebile ba kitimela go mo a hlola.

  • rkellock - 2012-06-21 15:23

    The 2nd place athlete, who stands to inherit the win, if Ludwick is found guilty, is Bongmusa Mthembu, so where is the racism ?

      J.D. - 2012-06-21 15:30

      100% rkellock but some people cannot think that far.

      Zimbobwe - 2012-06-21 15:36

      Mthembu must be tested again and give a B sample if Ludwick get disqualified. You can't trsut this people...LOL!!!

  • phuti.manamela.14 - 2012-06-21 15:36

    Last time was Caster and now Ludwick because of they come from limpopo, this people are not far!!

  • masholesimon.leopeng - 2012-06-21 16:05

    @makgabojane.masehela. Ke re ke laka le o morwa rra

      makgabojane.masehela - 2012-06-22 09:00

      Ya wa gesho, ke tena ke batho ba go ahlola o ka re bona ga ba nwe di supplements, jwale ka mokitimi wa mosadi le gona wa motho o moso ke a tseba gore bontshi ba rena re kitima re enwa di fa maatla tsona tseo, tse dingwe tsa tsona di humanega mo mabenkeleng and chemist ntle le lengwalo la ngaka jwale my problem ke gore o tlo tseba jwang tseo di ileditswego le tseo di sa iletswago ka gore di humanega le di countereng. Le gona why ba se ba emela go tse a di teko tseo ka moka le tsa B e be gona ba botsa lefase gore diteko ka moka di re positive, am very saddenned by the the whole thing i am also a long distance runner i will never judge ludwick Mamabolo watever the outcome, instead i will keep on supporting him cause we all know that he is one of the best runner in sa.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-06-21 16:19

    It took a week for the results and 3mnths for the retest..!

      Ken - 2012-06-21 18:26

      From what I've heard is that they do the 2nd testing like a wine tasting, they swirl the sample in a little tasters glass and then pass it around the board table for everybody to taste!.... no one wants to taste and that's why it takes so long!

      Leon Lipschitz - 2012-06-21 18:39

      Yep And we supposed to be a ....... Country

      Stormkaap - 2012-06-21 19:01

      The oke has been crucified already, what chance does he

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-06-21 16:23

    How can you (those above crying "raccism") accept that the actions of, and comments against, an individual must somehow apply to an entire race group. They have found traces of a banned substance in his sample and are investigating. Would it not be racist if either him or his sample were treated differently because of his skin colour. I dont get it. Maybe someone can explain this in a clear intelligent way so I can understand.

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-06-21 17:18

    It's not white people who forcefully thrust those banned substances down his throat! Time to own up to your own follies.

  • tebogocmasemene - 2012-06-21 17:25

    Mamabolo won the\r\nComrades marathon. I think someone is trying to frame him.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-06-21 17:39

    Someone has already congratulated this lad in his speech in a national parliament and now...

  • mpuse.s.mlangeni - 2012-06-21 19:36

    It these institution a political party or institution that need to guide athletes on issue of free drugs if is one why act like score card institutions?

  • mpuse.s.mlangeni - 2012-06-21 19:40

    It is these institutions a political party or institutions supposed to protect athletes when you come on the issues of free drugs in our sport. why now act in the manner like score point institutions is like for the whole year did not reach the public now try to closed the gap?

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