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Olympian banned for two years

Leading canoeist Carol Joyce has been banned from competition for two years after testing positive for the banned steroid Nandrolone last year.

The ban took effect from the date the sample was collected, meaning Joyce, who competed for South Africa at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, will be eligible to compete again on 29 September 29, 2011.

Nandrolone has the effect of building muscle mass and is predominantly used in sports such as powerlifting and explosive energy type sports.

The board of Canoeing South Africa issued a statement confirming Joyce’s banning on Monday, 13 September

The full statement reads:

It is with regret that the Board of CSA has to announce that one of its members has been banned from canoeing for a period of 2 years as a result of an anti-doping rule violation.
On 29th September 2009, an out of competition urine sample was collected from Carol Joyce and subsequent testing showed the presence of the anabolic
Androgenic agent Nandrolone in her urine. Nandrolone has the effect of building muscle mass and is predominantly used in sports such as power lifting and explosive energy type sports.
The Board immediately appointed a disciplinary committee to investigate the matter and to make recommendations to the Board. The committee consisted of Kevin Hutcheon (Chairman) an admitted attorney of 12 years standing, Anthony Rowan, an admitted attorney of 9 years standing, Sello Motaung, a practicing medical doctor of 20 years standing as well as Brendon Thompson, Chairman of the Eastern Cape Canoe Union and also a Board member of CSA.
The committee heard evidence over an extended period in this matter and have now made the following finding:
1. ÔÇ£We find that the Respondent has committed an anti-doping rule violation in terms of article 2.1. of the SAIDS rules.ÔÇØ
2. ÔÇ£Whilst there is no evidence to suggest that the adverse analytic finding is due to intentional ingestion of the prohibited substance, it is incumbent upon the Respondent to establish how the specified substance entered her body to qualify for elimination or a reduction of ineligibility for competition in terms of the SAIDS rulesÔÇØ.
3. As Carol was unable to explain how the prohibited substance entered her body, the committee recommended to the Board that a 2 year period of ineligibility be imposed for a first violation of Article 2.1.
The Board of CSA has accepted the recommendation of its disciplinary committee and has imposed a 2 year ban on Carol with effect from 29th September 2009 when the sample was collected and from which date Carol has been suspended by CSA from Canoeing. She will be eligible for competition again on the 29th September 2011.
It is important for members of CSA to take notice that it is each athlete’s personal duty to ensure that no prohibited substance enters his or her body. It is accordingly not necessary that intent, fault, negligence or knowing use on the athlete’s part be demonstrated in order to establish an anti-doping rule violation. Each canoeist should accordingly ensure that:
1. He/she knows exactly which substances are prohibited and
2. Such prohibited substance does not enter their body in any way.

The South African Institute for DrugÔÇÉFree Sport (SAIDS) confirmed the twoÔÇÉyear sanction handed down and said it is in line with both the SA AntiÔÇÉDoping Rules (2009) and the World AntiÔÇÉDoping Code for a positive test for the steroid, Nandrolone.

SAIDS also said that Joyce may reserve her right to appeal against her sanction to the SAIDS Appeal Board.

The South African Institute for Drug Free Sport reaffirmed its commitment to eradicate doping in sport and cautioned athletes and their support personnel to beware of substances, including supplements that can elicit a positive doping control test.