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.
"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.