Bots committee breaks silence on Amantle suspension
Gaborone – The Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) has confirmed anti-doping reports regarding athlete Amantle Montsho of Team Botswana at the 20th Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland.
A statement from the Commonwealth Games Federation on August 4, said that the athlete’s ‘A’ sample was found to contain methylexaneamine, prohibited as a stimulant under class S6 of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list.
According to the statement, Montsho has been slapped with a provisional suspension from Commonwealth Games with immediate effect. BNOC further explained that as a signatory to the Committee, it remains committed to a doping-free sporting environment at all levels in the spirit of fair play.
The BNOC said together with the interim Botswana anti-doping organisation, they continue to offer athletes information on the dangers and risks of taking medications and supplements, as these may contain prohibited substances which may violate anti-doping rule.
The Chef de Mission, Letsholo Letsholo, and the athletics team manager, Glody Dube, are offering Montsho the necessary support, says BNOC in a statement.
The BNOC says that as per the provisions of anti-doping agency, Montsho has exercised her right and requested for the analysis of B sample. The result of the sample will be availed to Montsho and the team managers and Montsho herself.
The 31-year-old, who lost her world title in Moscow last year to Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu by four thousandths of a second, is the second athlete to fail a doping test in Glasgow.
Nigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha has already been stripped of her gold medal in the 53kg category after her A and B samples showed traces of a banned diuretic and masking agent.
Montsho finished fourth at London 2012 and was favourite for the world title in Moscow last summer only to be beaten to the gold by four thousandths of a second by Ohuruogu.
She had been expected to get on the podium in Glasgow but was edged out by the Jamaica trio of Stephenie McPherson, the champion, Novlene Williams-Mills and Christine Day.
A statement from the Commonwealth Games Federation read: “In accordance with the CGF anti-doping standard for the Commonwealth Games, the CGF federation court conducted a provisional hearing to consider an adverse analytical finding submitted by Amantle Montsho of Botswana, after the women’s 400 metres final on July 29.
“The athlete’s A sample was found to contain methylhexaneamine, prohibited as a stimulant under WADA’s prohibited list.
“Montsho was notified of her A sample result and has asked for her B sample to be tested, which will take place at the accredited laboratory in London on August 4.
“Montsho attended the provisional hearing of the federation court, presided by CGF vice-president Bruce Robertson, which ruled that the provisional suspension of the athlete will continue.
“Upon receipt of the analysis of the athlete’s B sample, the court will reconvene to consider the matter further.”