Montsho suspension: Another harsh lesson

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Amantle Montsho’s suspension for doping is yet another harsh lesson for Botswana and local sport. The two-year suspension comes at the wrong time for Montsho - one of Botswna's most successful althletes - who is reaching the latter stages of her career.

This suspension will really set her back and I’m afraid she might never regain her status as one of the world’s best. Two years without proper competition will be detrimental to her career, but we can only hope for the best.  

Montsho’s A sample was found with traces of a banned stimulant, methylhexaneamine, and she requested a B sample, which also returned positive results. The ban effects from the day Montsho was suspended in July 2014, meaning she can only compete in July 2016. This will most probably rule her out of the 2016 RIO Olympics. The suspension is a big blow to her and this might be the end of her career.  For her to appeal the decision she would have to part with about P200 000 and I wonder if that would be wise.

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