Friday 24, May 2013
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Comrades Marathon champion Ludwick Mamabolo has called for the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) to educate athletes on correct procedures and their rights, regarding the post-race testing process.
The 36-year-old Mamabolo was cleared of doping charges recently, after his A and B samples tested positive for methylhexaneamine, with an inquiry committee finding multiple irregularities in the testing process.
Mamabolo received his trophy, gold medal, and R300, 000 winner’s cheque at Comrades House in Pietermaritzburg eleven months after winning the annual ultra-marathon in KwaZulu-Natal.
“I sacrificed Christmas and nice times with my family in order to (win) this medal, but they call me a drug user,” an emotional Mamabolo, wearing his medal around his neck, said at a media conference.
“Let this be a learning curve – athletes, Athletics SA, and SAIDS must come together.” “I assure you I’m not a drug addict. I do not smoke and I have not had a drink my whole life,” he said.
“I know athletes who take drugs, they all know each other, but I have been vindicated.”
Mamabolo became the first South African to win the Comrades “down” run since 2005 and will line up in Durban next month, in an attempt to become the first local runner to win the “up” run in 21 years.
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