Amantle Montsho found guilty

Amantle Montsho found guilty


BAA to impose further sanctions on her

Following Amantle Montsho’s decision to accepted the results from her failed drugs tests and waived her right to appeal, the Commonwealth Games Federation Court guilty of a violation of the Anti-Doping Code by the presence of the Class S6 Prohibited Substances Stimulants (methylhexaneamine/ dimethylpentaylamine).

According to the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC), a body responsible for ensuring athletes’ participation at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, Montsho is disqualified from the 2014 Commonwealth Games and all her performance results have been duly nullified.

“The finding together with all relevant documentation shall be forwarded to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) for such further or other action they may wish to take. Upon receiving the findings and relevant documentation from the CGF, the IAAF has since referred the case to the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA),” read part of the release.

The BAA has now been tasked with making a decision on a further sanction to be imposed upon Montsho in strict compliance with IAAF Rule 40 on sanctions. The IAAF has further advised that in the meantime, former 400 metre World Champion is provisionally suspended from all competitions in athletics.

Stimulants are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic Movement Testing and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. She was the second athlete to have tested positive from the Games after Nigeria’s 16-year-old weightlifter, Chika Amalaha, was stripped of her gold medal after her A and B samples both had banned substances in them.

Montsho currently faces a two year ban from athletics, which could see the athlete throwing in the towel as age is not on her side. However Monthso will forever remain a darling to many Batswana as she represented Botswana at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, reaching the final at the latter edition.

She has also competed at the World Championships in Athletics and the IAAF World Indoor Championships, and is the former World Champion over the 400m, winning in a personal best time of 49.56 in Daegu. The 2010 season brought her a series of major titles as she came close to the podium at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships and set indoor national records in the heats and semi-finals, she was beaten to the bronze medal by Vania Stambolova.

She opened her outdoor season with her third fastest time ever in 400m, winning the Gabriel Tiacoh meet in a time of 50.35 seconds, almost two seconds ahead of her training partner Ndeye Fatou Soumah. She defended her continental title by winning the 400 m at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics with a season’s best run of 50.03 seconds

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