Bok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi has denied knowingly taking any prohibited substance after Saturday’s shock news that he had tested positive for a banned substance after a national training camp in July.
Dyantyi, who has been in a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup, became embroiled in an unexpected saga after allegedly returning a positive finding for an undisclosed prohibited substance after being tested on 2 July after a Springbok training camp.
However, the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of 2018 released 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,’ the wing said.
‘I have never cheated and never will. The presence of this prohibited substance in my body has come as a massive shock to me and together with my management team and experts appointed by them, we are doing everything we can to get to the source of this and to prove my innocence.
‘As a professional sportsman on national and international level we get tested on a regular basis. I have been tested before and again, since this test. It is part of the job and we all know that each and every player is bound to get tested at least two to four times a year. Taking any prohibited substance would not only be irresponsible and something that I would never intentionally do, it would also be senseless and stupid.’
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