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Tuks star banned for doping

2013-03-07 07:44

Cape Town - Zane Botha, captain of Tuks’ victorious 2012 Varsity Cup rugby side, has admitted to using a banned substance.

The 24-year-old hooker told Beeld he wanted to improve his chances of becoming a full-time professional player.

This revelation comes after rumours surfaced on Twitter on Wednesday that a top player from Tuks had been banned for drugs.

Botha admitted to testing positive for the use of a synthetic anabolic steroid named stanozolol on January 15 this year.

“I am guilty and will hurt too many people if I try to play innocent. I’m not sure if the use of the drug is common among rugby players. I used it for the first time during a nine-week off-season period last year - until the end of December.”

He was tested by the SA Institute for Drug-free Sport (SAIDS) at the start of the new season and has subsequently received a two-year ban from rugby, which has seen him move back to his home town of Bloemfontein where he currently works.

"The test was positive and I immediately admitted guilt and declined my right to a hearing."

He said he also apologised to Tuks for the disservice done to their institution and jersey.

Botha, who also represented the Blue Bulls at Vodacom Cup and junior levels, declined to say where he got the drug, but admitted it “wasn’t at all easy to get hold of”.

Sport24

Comments
  • Spyker O'flanagan - 2013-03-07 07:50

    Dumb idiot.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2013-03-07 08:18

      I won't call him a dumb idiot, but it was a really stupid thing to do! Anyhow, it was his choice to use and he ultimately paid the price! No harm, no foul! This all happened in January 2013 long before the start of the Varsity Cup season, why is it only news now? He did not play ONE game for Tukkies in 2013. Tsk tsk S24

      Spyker O'flanagan - 2013-03-07 08:39

      René, it's dumb, because it never ends well. And I call him an idiot, because he's a cheat.

      Azure Phoenix - 2013-03-07 08:57

      Wel die ou het Universiteit toe gegaan ... al is dit Universiteit Pretoria. Maar ja, ons almal weet mos die hele Blou Bul span is vol dopers.

      eugene.brink.9 - 2013-03-13 13:55

      Spyker is dumb

  • Trokkie Datsun - 2013-03-07 07:50

    its really not that hard to get it....go to any gym and talk to the trainers.

      steyts - 2013-03-07 08:19

      You can find banned substances in most pharmacies... That said, it is banned for rugby not necessarily for body builders so it is legal to sell them.

  • Brian Du Reuck - 2013-03-07 07:54

    he probably got it from Chilliboy .... trust no one Zane you fool!

      Spyker O'flanagan - 2013-03-07 08:40

      Idiot.

      morne.vandyk.58 - 2013-03-07 08:42

      He got it from Spies.

      Spyker O'flanagan - 2013-03-07 09:03

      Idiot.

      morne.vandyk.58 - 2013-03-07 09:20

      Hakkel jy Spyker?

      Spyker O'flanagan - 2013-03-07 09:31

      Ok jammer. Plank.

      Spyker O'flanagan - 2013-03-07 13:14

      3 Cups to 0. Tevrede Twakkie?

      Foc Us - 2013-03-07 13:36

      Spyker... you offering coffee or what is in the cups you talking about??

      fransvisserdsb - 2013-03-20 17:04

      'jeff' - ek dog Tukkies het net 1 varsity beker, Maties het 3? Hierdie is mos n artikel oor Varsity beker rugby? of is ek nou deurmekaar?

  • Hugo Read - 2013-03-07 08:33

    Baie dapper van jou om uit te kom met die waarheid, maar ek dink nie die res van jou woorde is so eerlik nie. Dis geen moeite om dit in die hande te kry nie. Ek besef hoekom jy sê dat jy nie weet of dit algemeen is onder spelers nie, want jy sal heel moontlik 'n paar van jou spanmaats ontbloot. Ek was self op universiteit, en deur dit het ek beleef hoe die manne hierdie steroids onder mekaar verkoop soos soetkoek! Die wat dit gebruik raak oornag sterkter, vinniger en net beter as jy. Ek het dit ook gebruik want jy raak net eenvoudig agter. Dis miskien nie jou geval nie, maar dis wat ek beleef het op universiteit.

      Amber Rancic - 2013-03-07 09:18

      At the university I attended almost the entire Varsity Cup team was on something. If they think a player is going to get caught, he suddenly develops some illness or injury that will keep him from playing for around 8 months, after which he miraculously recovers. What a joke. I am very glad that Zane did not go that route though.

      Blou Beskawing - 2013-03-07 10:29

      klink soos ou schalk 'steroids' burger se af aan siekte?? platberg unie kan di' ou net solank wegsteek voor sy skandes uitkom.......

  • she.is.here.777 - 2013-03-07 08:39

    Eish amateur! (for getting caught lol)

  • morne.vandyk.58 - 2013-03-07 08:45

    So take the cup away from Tuks, bunch of dopers. Thats what you get when the senior captain Spies also does it.

      Spyker O'flanagan - 2013-03-07 09:05

      Did you actually read the article, you illiterate mook? He used it in the off season, after they won the cup.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2013-03-07 09:41

      @Spyker, most of these Stommerike cannot comprehend - I'm serious!

      Spyker O'flanagan - 2013-03-07 10:04

      Ek dink nie hulle weet wat die woord beteken nie.

  • Willem Barend Claassens - 2013-03-07 09:40

    Be very careful about saying they are all cheats I have a family member playing for them. He is a hard working individual and we are very proud of him. Everybody that now suddenly knows that Spies and others are using prohibited substances take your information authorities. So that the game can be cleaned up.

  • siya.narie - 2013-03-07 09:48

    another doper.....

  • Rynier Potgieter - 2013-03-07 10:41

    It's really a pitty in sport these days that you need to dope to try and get somewhere. It just seems they never learn, they will get caught sometime! I just wish most of us stommers would leave the bulls alone, We haven't won a game yet!

  • tweekante - 2013-03-07 12:37

    Spelers wat dit in die af seisoen gebruik moet onthou die "goed" het 'n olie basis wat in jou vetselle gaan "sit" Jy kan tot 9 maande na gebruik positief toets, terwyl die krag effek slegs vir 3 maande geld!! dus gaan jy uitgevang word!!!

      Brian Du Reuck - 2013-03-07 15:36

      dit verduidelik spies se 2 "AF" jare ....

  • Buhle Ngonyama - 2013-03-11 10:12

    they should test everyone...all the players are doping there

      Miempie Short - 2013-03-13 12:15

      How would you know? Are you one of them?

  • Peter Fourie - 2013-04-11 22:01

    Why is it that players must be caught using illegal substances. Can't it be stated by the doping authorities that before any big competition like Super 15, curry cup, tour de France etc that the whole squad will be tested. Then they won't use it thinking there is a chance that they won't be tested.

  • Chesney Afrika - 2014-05-29 14:23

    Ek is ook n Doper. Meestal Windhoek en Castle Lite

  • Chesney Afrika - 2014-05-29 14:24

    Ek is ook n Doper. Meestal Windhoek en Castle Lite

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