Anabolic steroids detected in athlete’s sample

Worrying start: Botswana's preparations for the World Championships were rocked by doping concerns PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Worrying start: Botswana's preparations for the World Championships were rocked by doping concerns PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Dark clouds persist over local athletics as news emerged this week of yet another athlete failing a doping test. Since 2014, four local athletes, Amantle Montsho, Nijel Amos, Lydia Jele, and Thalosang Tshireletso, have transgressed anti-doping rules.

According to information reaching Mmegi Sport, a sample taken from a Botswana athlete yielded concerning results upon analysis at the South African Doping Control Laboratory in Bloemfontein.

The sample revealed the presence of anabolic steroids, which can affect the steroid profile and render it unsuitable for longitudinal tracking. The laboratory results stated: "The sample may not be suitable for inclusion in the longitudinal steroid profile. The analysis of the sample identified has shown the presence of Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF)." Anabolic steroids, synthetic hormones that aid muscle tissue growth and repair, often lead to rapid muscle strength gains and enhanced recovery, as indicated by Better Health Channel.

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