Another doping scandal hits BAA

Isaac Pheko BG reporter
Friday, 10 August 2018
PERFORMANCE ENHANCERS…Another local athlete has failed a doping test PERFORMANCE ENHANCERS…Another local athlete has failed a doping test

Local athlete Isaac Modiri Seoke (800m) was recently slapped with a four-year ban from all athletics competitions. Seoke was banned by the Regional Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) after a failed doping test  following an event organised by the Botswana Athletics Association in Francistown earlier this year.

In a statement released by the RADO (Africa Zone VI), a urine sample was collected from Seoke during the doping control test. According to the statement signed by RADO chairman, Dr Nicholas Munyonga, Seoke’s urine sample was sent to the University of Gent laboratory in Belgium for analysis. “The laboratory analysis established the presence of Clenbuterol in the athlete’s sample. Clenbuterol is a banned substance on the WADA 208 prohibited list.”

 Through the statement, Dr Munyonga said the presence of this substance in the athlete meant he had violated an Anti-Doping Rule, Article 2.1 of the World Anti-Doping code. “The matter was subsequently refereed to the Africa Zone VI RADO Disciplinary Panel who summoned the athlete to a hearing. There were two hearing sessions for the matter on 18th June 2018 and 13th July 2018.”

 Dr Munyonga further explains that the RADO Disciplinary Panel deliberated on the matter and arrived at the reasoned decision to impose a period of ineligibility on Seoke   for four years. The period of ineligibility imposed on Seoke from all organised  athletics  competitions  under the  auspices  of the BAA, Confederation  of African Athletics (CAA), International Association of Athletics  Federation (IAAF)  and the International Military Sports  Council (CISM). Seoke’s ban from international athletics started   on 19th February 2018  and   it  is   expected  to  expire  at  midnight  on 18th February  2022

This week BAA spokesperson, Ipolokeng  Ramatshaba  said although he is aware of the matter, they  are  yet  to  receive  correspondence   from RADO.  “Seoke is a talented athlete who once gave Nijel Amos a run for his money prior to the 2012 London Olympic games,” Ramatshaba said. The BAA   mouthpiece could not confirm the club Seoke   currently represents.

Ramatshaba said athletes are exposed to substances that are contained in energy drinks that have been flooding the market. Most of the athletes who fail doping tests usually blame a drink they have consumed. Ramatshaba said they often discourage athletes   from consuming energy giving drinks. Ramatshaba said they will make a follow up and establish whether the athlete has been officially banned.

“If this is the case he will not be allowed near BAA offices and activities.”
Botswana’s doping cases include that of former 400m World champion and current Commonwealth Games champion, Amantle Montsho who underwent a two-year ban.t

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