South African athlete Luvo Manyonga has issued a public apology for to his family and supporters, following the recently publicised struggles he has been faced with.
Last month Manyonga was slapped with a four-year ban from World Athletics for a doping violation. The South African Olympic athlete, did not even contest this particular violation charge, and that in turn led to a further R20,000 (US$1,400) fine.
According to the arbitrator that gave the verdict, despite numerous attempts to get a response from Manyonga, World Athletics never got one from him nor his team which comprises of his attorney Brandon Weldrick. This in turn meant that the lanky athlete missed his hearing which was scheduled for May 28.
The talented yet troubled long jump athlete has had an impressive career in the sport, but just hasn’t been able to stay clear of the controversy that constantly finds its way to him. Manyonga is the 2017 long jump world champion and he also earned himself a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He has achieved this and other feats despite a 10 year battle with drug addiction which unfortunately always seems to drag the 30-year old back to square one.
Manyonga missed a drug test on November 26, 2019. He then followed up that misdemeanour with two filing failures on April 1 as well as October1 , where he failed to detail his whereabouts for the upcoming months.
His sister then came out with a bold claim that Manyonga had relapsed, which is something he refuted before conceding that he had not trained all of 2020.
Manyonga finally broke his silence this week, vowing to fight his demons on an apology he posted on his official Twitter account.
“From the sincerest part of my heart I want to take this opportunity to apologise to my family, supporters, followers and every person in this world that believed in Luvo Manyonga. I am in process of working on myself and fixing my inner most demons. Much love to all#workinprogres” he said.Manyonga’s fourpyear ban is the maximum that can be handed out by WA and it comes after previous charges of an 18-month suspension that came as a result of him testing positive for crystal meth in 2012. Failure to provide any mitigating factors also didn’t help his cause. – The South African