Champ Visser fails drug test

Ruan Visser
Ruan Visser

Recently crowned SA heavyweight boxing champion Ruan Visser has been provisionally suspended from competition after a failed dope test.

The announcement was made yesterday by the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids). The 27-year-old was tested after he won the title from Osborne Machimana with a seventh-round stoppage at Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark on February 23.

"The analytic report received from the laboratory confirmed the presence of 3' OH-stanozolol-glucunoride, a metabolite of the Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroid, Stanazolol, in his A sample," Saids noted.

"The steroids found in the urine is a prohibited substance and its presence in his urine sample constitutes an adverse analytical finding and is a prima facie breach of Saids anti-doping rules and Wada [World Anti Doping Agency] code."

Saids also wrote to Visser: "You are consequently provisionally suspended from competing and participating in any authorised sport by an amateur or professional league or any national or international level event as from the date of this notification [April 16 2018]".

"If you are in any doubt regarding your rights and obligations while under provisional suspension, you should if you wish have your B-sample analysed. The process is R8124, a fee in respect of the B-sample analysis and this must be paid prior to the commencement of the B-sample analysis."

Boxing SA chief operation officer Cindy Nkomo said: "We respect the process and we would want to allow it to proceed until it has been finalised.

"This obviously highlights the need for educational programmes and awareness on the role of Saids and how it affects our licensees, especially our boxers."

Visser's case comes a few weeks after Saids handed a two-year ban to SA middleweight champion Barend van Rooyen, who also tested positive for banned substances after his fight in December.

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