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.
tested positive for the presence of Carboxy-THC, or more commonly known as Cannabis.
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He has withdrawn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.
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: http://www.drugfreesport.org.za/