Montsho’s career in limbo


B sample test positive of banned substance

Botswana and Africa’s 400m fastest runner faces a possible 2 year ban after her second sample came back positive, Voice Sport has learnt.

Montsho will further be stripped off all her recent results should she decide not to appeal the second results.

Already the 31 year old has missed the 19th African Athletics Championships which began on Sunday in Marrakech, Morroco, where she would have been the favourite to defend the title she won two years ago in Porto-Novo, Benin.

According to reports Montsho has since been notified of the second test results and has until the 22nd  of August to appeal to the Commonwealth Games Federation.

According to Botswana Athletics Association (BBA) Vice President Glody Dube they have not yet received an official letter from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

“We are still waiting for the communiqué from the athletics mother body because Amantle is our athlete.

Therefore they should write to us informing us of the outcome just like we wrote to them asking for a second test to be run”.

“Currently the Botswana National Olympic Committee is the one handling Amantle, but depending on what we will officially receive from IAAF, then we’ll map the way forward.

If indeed it’s true that her second sample is positive we’ll meet as the leadership and see if it’s worth appealing,” said Dube.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CFG) is further believed to have passed the results to all relevant International Federations, who could ban Montsho from competitions.

Montsho finished fourth at the recent Commonwealth Games and was later provisionally suspended from the rest of the competition after the first sample tested positive for banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

THE NATION'S PRIDE: Amantle Montsho

THE NATION’S PRIDE: Amantle Montsho

“If found guilty at her hearing, Montsho will be referred to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and other relevant authorities for further sanctions”, said the Chief Executive of the CFG Mike Hooper.

Efforts to contact Montsho were unsuccessful as her mobile phone was off, while Letsholo Lestsholo who was the Chef de Mission for team Botswana’s mobile rang unanswered.

Montsho’s case follows major high profile cases involving sprinters Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson.

It is never good when methylhexaneamine is in the news, because it’s banned stimulant.

While it’s chemically related to amphetamines, it’s only slightly more powerful than a cup of coffee. Methylhexaneamine is a nasal decongestant, but it’s also considered a stimulant.

It is considered as a vasoconstrictor, increasing heart rate and blood pressure and sending more blood to the areas of the body that need it.

But more recently, the compound has become a popular dietary supplement and is found in strength-conditioning and powder drinks, which help with training.
Athletes must be aware that they assume the risks of adverse health outcomes and positive anti-doping tests when choosing to take supplements, and under the Sport Accord Anti-Doping Rules and World Anti-Doping Code, the athlete is responsible for any prohibited substance found in his or her system, regardless of how it got there (principle of strict liability).

Before taking any supplements, athletes are therefore urged to take all the necessary steps to be informed consumers and evaluate any supplements, including: understanding all ingredients, consulting with a medical doctor to assess whether taking a supplement is necessary, and having products tested to ensure safety.

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