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Updated 19 May 2014

Josta Dladla pleads guilty to doping charge

The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) announced that Josta Dladla has pleaded guilty to the doping charge against him.

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He has also made a plea in mitigation for a reduced sentence at a tribunal hearing on 13 May 2014. 

Dladla was tested at a Premier Soccer League match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates on 26 October 2013.

The Institute’s CEO Khalid Galant says that the independent tribunal credited Josta Dladla for the period of four months that he served his provisional suspension as “time served”. His doping suspension has therefore expired.

“We have to stress that Josta Dladla has not been acquitted of any charges. The tribunal took into account that he pleaded guilty. He was provisionally suspended when he was charged with a doping offence from 9 January 2014 with the suspension being lifted on the 13 May 2014, therefore he has served a period of 4 months”

Galant further explains: “After we receive the written decision from the Tribunal, we will be in a better position to understand the rationale behind their thinking on why the sanction for a doping offence for Methylhexaneamine (banned stimulant) is four months. It is not unprecedented in terms of anti-doping cases, so we have to read the decision before we decide to accept the ruling or appeal it.”

About the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport

The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport is a public entity that promotes participation in sport that is free from the use of prohibited substances or methods intended to artificially enhance performance, thereby rendering impermissible doping practices, which are contrary to the principles of fair play and medical ethics, in the interest of the health and well-being of sportspersons.

The Institute’s efforts include anti-doping strategy in sport; education on drugs in sport; and collaboration with other national anti-doping agencies throughout the world.

The Drug-Free Sport Act grants the Institute for Drug-Free Sport statutory drug testing powers and the authority to conduct and enforce a national anti-doping programme. By virtue of the Institute’s legislative ambit, national sports federations are obligated to co-operate with the Institute. For more information go to www.drugfreesport.org.za

According to the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport this is the first positive out of 184 tests conducted from January 2013 to December 2013 in the domestic football league.

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