Doping dogs Botswana sport


Doping dogs Botswana sport

THE SouthernTIMES Mar 19, 2018

    Bakang Mhaladi

    Gaborone – Botswana sport is in the spotlight again following yet another doping incident, which brings to five the number of athletes who have failed doping tests in the last three years.   

    Athlete Isaac Seoke became the latest local sportsperson to fail a doping test after he was found to have taken a banned substance last month.

    Seoke had won a local national championships race last month, as he attempted, but failed to qualify for the Commonwealth Games to be held in the Gold Coast, Australia, next month.

    The 800m runner clocked 1.51.21 in Francistown to win the race but later tested positive after the event.

    The latest setback has disappointed the local Olympics body, the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC).

    “We have done a lot to educate our athletes on doping, and even left our doors open to those who want to learn more about these issues.

    However, we are worried that we are still recording doping cases,” BNOC chief executive officer, Tuelo Serufho, said.

    “We have made it clear that we do not encourage the use of supplements. Our athletes should go for a healthy diet, taking supplements is a risky gamble,” Serufho said.

    The news comes hot on the heels of another doping incident, in which 400m runner, Lydia Jele tested positive in November. Jele has represented the country at the World Championships and Olympic Games.

    She is still waiting for sanction from the athletics body, IAAF. Former world champion, Amantle Montsho tested positive for a banned substance at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which has thus far been the most high profile case involving a Botswana athlete.

    Montsho was banned for two years and returned to the track in 2016, but has failed to hit the expected heights.

    Two rugby players, Lesedi Cherry and Emmanuel Ntshiwa tested positive for a banned substance in South Africa during the Olympic Games qualifiers in 2016 and were banned for four years, later reduced to two.

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