Anti-doping body targets Augousti

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

The South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) is considering charging Bloemfontein Celtic chief executive Ikie Augousti for refusing to allow doping control officers to conduct doping tests on players after his team's match against Orlando Pirates in May.

This is despite the fact that Augousti has been charged by the PSL for his action aftedsr the match at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium, and has already apologised to the league.

He was fined R100000, which was suspended for 12 months.

If SAIDS charges Augousti, the Celtic chief executive will become the first club officials in the Premiership to be charged for the offence.

"We have not taken a final decision about this matter because we are discussing it," Shuaib Manjra, chairman of SAIDS, told Sowetan yesterday. "But I can tell you that we intend to charge Mr Augousti for his bahaviour after that match.

"We view his action as an infringement of anti-doping rules and we really can't allow this to happen.

"SAIDS must be provided full and unhindered access into any sport facility at any time to enable the doping officers to perform their duties, which include in-competition and out-of-competitions testing.

"Failure to provide such access is viewed in a serious light and we should act," he said.

Manjra said they had the right to charge Augousti despite the fact that he had apologised to the PSL.

But Augousti said as far as he was concerned the matter was closed.

"This is an old story," said Augousti when approached yesterday.

"Look, I have apologised for my action to the PSL and I was also charged."

He did not want to comment further about the matter.

Andrew "Druza" Dipela, the PSL's general manager, said he would not comment about actions SAIDS was intending to take against Augousti.

"We have played our part by charging him and what do you expect me to say now," Dipela said.