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Aphiwe Mboyiya Ruling

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Ref: Mr. Aphiwe Mboyiya

On 26 May 2017 Mr. Aphiwe Mboyiya, a 25 year old South African professional boxer and a holder of three international titles in the Junior Lightweight division, was provisionally suspended by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) from competing in any organised sport, in particular boxing, after he tested positive for two prohibited substances after submitting urine samples during in-competition tests after a boxing tournament on 30 April 2017 at the Orient Theatre in East London. SAIDS afforded Mr. Mboyiya an opportunity to comment and make a presentation on the findings.

After considering all the facts and the presentation made by Mr. Mboyiya and his Manager during a hearing, which was held on 5 September 2017 in East London, the Committee on 15 September 2017 submitted its ruling.

In summary, the Committee found that Mr. Mboyiya could not prove the source of the prohibited substance to the satisfaction of the panel. It also found that SAIDS could not prove to the comfortable satisfaction of the panel that the athlete took the prohibited substances intentionally, knowing to be in breach of the Rules (and Code).

The Committee ruled as follows:

  • A period of 2 years of ineligibility from competing and participating in boxing tournaments sanctioned by Boxing South Africa commencing from the day of his provisional suspension which was 26 May 2017 and therefore concluding on 25 May 2019
  • That any associated sporting results and benefits flowing from his participation in the boxing match on 30 April 2017 are disqualified automatically.

The decision was communicated to Mr. Mboyiya and he was also advised of his right to appeal. He had until 11 October 2017 to appeal. Boxing South Africa welcomes the Committee’s ruling and hopes that this will send a strong message to others that athletes will be held to account and that action will be taken against anyone found to be in contravention of sporting rules and code of conduct and that Boxing South Africa and SAIDS remain committed to upholding the applicable rules and laws, and keeping the sport of boxing drug free.

Issued by BSA South Africa
Enquiries: Cindy Nkomo

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