Sun, 29 Nov 2020

Springbok and Lions wing Aphiwe Dyantyi will have his final doping hearing on 3 and 4 November, according to a report by .

Dyantyi tested positive for three banned steroidal substances last year following a test done at a Springbok Rugby Championship camp in Pretoria, which came back with an adverse finding on 2 July.

The positive test made international headlines, as Dyantyi was at the time the World Rugby Breakthrough Player-of-the-Year and was trying to recover from a hip injury ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The 26-year-old, who was found with S1 category steroidal substances metandienone, methyltestosterone and LGD-4033 in his system, first went through an extensive period of sending samples he had consumed to labs to boost his case against the South African Institute for Drug-free Sport (Saids).

His hearing was meant to begin earlier this year but was hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic. After a series of postponements, the hearing resumed in September, only to be rescheduled once more, to next week.

In an exclusive interview with Sport24, Dyantyi detailed the personal trials he went through during the more than 12 months since the positive results surfaced.

"My family didn't see me and I was probably holed up in the house for two months," he said in August.

"I didn't have social media in those quiet months - I just deleted everything. You go on your phone and it's Aphiwe this, Springbok that, World Cup this and at some point, I just couldn't deal with it. It just got too much.

"It was a way for me to try protect myself. That could have driven me to do anything ... the worst. I withdrew because I felt that if there's any chance of me surviving, I just needed to be by myself."

Dyantyi, who got support from his alma mater Dale College, said he went through a bout a deep depression as a result of the public interest on the case, which landed him in hospital after an anxiety attack.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff.

Source: News24

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