Springbok wing Dyantyi tests positive for banned substance, denies any wrongdoing
JOHANNESBURG – Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi on Saturday announced he had tested positive for a banned substance.
The 24-year-old who has made 13 appearances for South Africa already, said he was notified on Wednesday by the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) of his adverse test results.
“On Wednesday, 14 August 2019, I was notified by SAIDS that a urine sample that I had provided on 2 July 2019, during my attendance at the Springbok camp, had returned a positive result for a banned substance,” said Dyanti in a statement.
“We have requested that my “B sample” be tested and will have feedback during the course of the next couple of days.
“I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently to enhance my performance on the field. I believe in hard work and fair play. I have never cheated and never will.
“The presence of this prohibited substance in my body has come as a massive shock to me and together with my management team and experts appointed by them, we are doing everything we can to get to the source of this and to prove my innocence.
“Personally this game has given me an opportunity to inspire not only the young rugby hopefuls, but South Africans across all walks of life and that is something I do not take for granted, and something I would definitely not risk by doing a stupid act like this.
“I will now put all my energy in working with my support team and focus in proving my innocence in this matter and will not be providing any comments until there are further developments in the matter that warrants comment from my side.”