Gert Thys doping ruling

2008-12-11 17:55

Johannesburg - Athletics South Africa (ASA) have announced that a newly constituted tribunal to hear the Gert Thys doping case was constituted in Johannesburg on Thursday.

The tribunal which was chaired by Mr Raymond Hack and consisted of Dr Harold Adams and Ms Jody Foster. ASA was represented by Chris Hattingh.

Thys, was not present at the hearing and neither was he represented, although he been formally informed of the time, date and venue of the tribunal. However, he had informed ASA that he would not be in attending.

The tribunal unanimously found that Mr Gert Thys committed a doping violation and declared Mr Thys ineligible to participate in athletics from April 25, 2006 to the December 11, 2008. A period of 2 years seven and a half months. In terms of the decision Mr Gert Thys will forfeit all income, prizes and benefits derived from his participation in the Seoul Marathon on the March 17, 2006.

ASA welcomed the decision of the tribunal and believes that it sends out a strong message to athletes that the use of banned substances will not be tolerated and, even if it takes time, justice will prevail.

Thys will be reinstated as soon as he has complied with the obligatory number of doping tests that needs to be done during an athlete's period of ineligibility/suspension.