Soccer

Banyana player, doc banned

2013-05-03 19:06
Amanda Sister (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Banyana Banyana defender Amanda Sister has been banned for one year for taking an unnamed prohibited substance, while the SA women's team doctor at last year's African Women's Championship has been suspended for four years.

"While CAF has reduced the standard sentence from two years to one year for the player, they took strong action against the team doctor that administered the banned substance," the SA Football Association (Safa) said in a statement on Friday.

"The team doctor has admitted liability and has been banned for four years from participating in any football activity.

"Safa has also reported the conduct of the doctor to the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport."

Safa CEO Dennis Mumble said it was up to players to ensure they knew what was being put into their bodies.

"It is very unfortunate for the player but Safa would like to warn all athletes that, in terms of the World Anti-Doping Agency rules, they are held responsible for any treatment administered to them by professionals," Mumble said.

"Medical practitioners are also warned not to place athletes at risk by administering banned substances during treatment."

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