Former Springboks hooker Mahlatse 'Chiliboy' Ralepelle handed eight-year doping ban

Chiliboy Ralepelle. File photo
Chiliboy Ralepelle. File photo
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The rugby career of former Springboks hooker Mahlatse “Chiliboy” Ralepelle is all but over after he was handed a heavy and long eight-year doping ban by the SA Institute for Drug Free Sport (Saids).

In a detailed statement issued on Wednesday morning‚ Saids said the Independent Doping Tribunal Panel handed down its decision in two parts this week on the doping charge against Ralepelle.

“The player tested positive for the banned anabolic agent‚ Zeranol‚ during an out-of-competition test on the 17th January 2019. The athlete challenged the doping charge and was afforded the opportunity to seek legal counsel to present his case and version of events to the tribunal panel.

"The hearings were adjourned multiple times and were held over a period of six months. The panel reached a decision first on the merits of the case where they found the player guilty of a doping offense‚” said Saids.

This is the third positive dope test for Ralepelle who was tested in a random check last year at the Sharks

“Ralepelle had previously tested positive on two separate occasions while playing overseas. The Zeranol positive case was his third positive dope test during his playing career within a 10 year period‚ however the player’s first positive case was ruled a No Fault decision and he then received a reprimand. The panel had to refer to sports jurisprudence to determine the appropriate sanction which they ruled to be the player’s second doping offense.

The Independent Doping Tribunal Panel ruled that he must serve an eight-year ban for doping which will expire on the 27th January 2027 and he has 21 days within which to file an appeal against the sanction.

- TimesLIVE



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