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End of the Road for Aphiwe Dyantyi?

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News broke almost two weeks ago that Springbok and Lions wing, Aphiwe Dyantyi, had tested positive for a banned substance after a national training camp in July. He quickly issued a statement in which he denied taking any banned substances and requested that his B sample be tested.

“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,” he said.

Unfortunately, about a week later, Dyantyi's B-sample also tested positive for banned substances. The general sentiment on social media was captured perfectly by a Tweet from a rugby follower and commentator who calls himself (or herself?) The Yellow Cap:

"Let's forget about the individual for a moment. Questions need to be asked. Someone knew? Someone assisted? Someone administered? Or did he take all of metandienone, methyltestosterone and LGD-4033 without consulting any of his resources available as a sportsman? #bigshock"

That reminded our editor of an old journalistic adage: “Never ascribe to conspiracy what can easily be attributed to stupidity.”

Quite. Unfortunately, irrespective where the truth lies, Dyantyi has now been formally charged with a doping offence and is facing a four-year ban from the sport.



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