South Africa

EFC rocked as Madiba tests positive for cannabis

2017-06-23 11:12
Tumisang Madiba (Supplied)

Johannesburg - EFC headquarters have received word from the South African Institute for Drug Free Sports (SAIDS) that Tumisang Madiba tested positive for a prohibited substance when he competed against Irshaad Sayed at EFC 58 in Cape Town.

Madiba tested positive for the presence of Carboxy-THC, or more commonly known as Cannabis.

After receiving notice that he tested positive for a prohibited substance, Madiba opted for a provisional suspension from competition pending a hearing.

He has withdrawn from his scheduled bantamweight fight against Gareth Buirski at EFC 61 in Sun City.

When reached for comment Madiba responded; “My attorneys are speaking to SAIDS and we are waiting to hear what they have to say. I’m not a cheater. Cannabis is not a performance enhancer.”

Madiba's positive test comes days after confirmation that EFC bantamweight champion Demarte Pena had consumed a banned substance prior to his title fight against, ironically, Sayed, earlier in the year.

“SAIDS conduct a grueling and extremely thorough hearing. Each case is determined on its own facts and EFC have nothing to do with the decision of the independent panel,” stated EFC President Cairo Howarth.

SAIDS abide by and follow the rules and regulations of WADA internationally and their cases with athletes are generally kept out of the public eye until final hearings are complete.

However, in cases that directly affect other athletes, such as in this instance where Madiba had an upcoming bout scheduled, it is necessary for information to be released.

For a detailed breakdown of banned substances and testing protocol, visit:

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