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Drugs cost SA champ his title

SA lightweight champion Viwe Mdletyeni is to be stripped of his title because of a drugs offence.

Boxing SA chairman Ngconde Balfour said on Monday Mdletyeni had been found guilty.

"This is a sad day for boxing as Mdletyeni has been banned until November this year," Balfour said.

"I have written to our office advising them to write to inform the boxer's camp that he has been stripped of his title."

Mdletyeni appeared before a SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids) tribunal in November after testing positive for banned substances methylhexaneamine and furosemide in July last year. He was given a 15-month ban.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) put methylhexaneamine on its prohibited list in 2010, It was classed as a non-specified stimulant. However, it was reclassified as a specified stimulant in 2011.

Methylhexaneamine is said to found increasingly in nutritional supplements, typically those designed to increase energy or aid weight loss.

Furosemide is on Wada's banned drugs list because of its alleged use as a masking agent for other drugs.


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