DURBAN – The career of former Sharks and Springbok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle is successfully over after he misplaced his appeal towards an eight-year doping suspension.
In July, the 34-year-old Ralepelle instituted authorized proceedings towards the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids) after they suspended him following a constructive take a look at for the anabolic agent Zeranol.
Saids had randomly pitched up at a Sharks pre-season coaching session in January 2019, and the gamers have been examined.
Ralepelle claimed that there have been inaccuracies in Saids’ findings and went the authorized route in an try and clear his title.
However, Ralepelle has misplaced the appeal and the unique eight-year ban has been enforced.
“Ralepelle tested positive for the banned anabolic agent Zeranol, during a Sharks rugby training session on 17 January 2019,” Saids mentioned in an announcement on Thursday.
“The athlete contested the doping charges in front of an Independent Doping Hearing Panel. This panel found the athlete guilty of the doping offence and took into account that it was his second doping offence within a 10-year period.
“The panel relied on the sanction’s framework in the World Anti-Doping Code that granted them the jurisdiction to hand down an eight-year ban from sport.
“The athlete lodged an appeal against the ban and also the drug testing process that he was subjected to. An Independent Appeal Panel heard the grounds for appeal.
“The Appeal Panel found that the panel that heard the hearing, in the first instance, had not erred in their application of the sanction’s framework in the World Anti-Doping Code.
“The Appeal Panel therefore upheld the original sanction of eight years. Mr Ralepelle’s ban from sport is backdated to 17 January 2019 for eight years.
“If the athlete does not accept the decision, he may seek relief at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.”