Injured Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi has tested positive for a banned substance.
Dyantyi provided a urine sample to the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport during a Bok training camp on 2 July.
‘I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently to enhance my performance on the field. I believe in hard work and fair play,’ he said in a statement.
‘I have never cheated and never will. The presence of this prohibited substance in my body has come as a massive shock to me and together with my management team and experts appointed by them, we are doing everything we can to get to the source of this and to prove my innocence.
‘As a professional sportsman on national and international level we get tested on a regular basis. I have been tested before and again, since this test. It is part of the job and we all know that each and every player is bound to get tested at least two to four times a year.
‘Taking any prohibited substance would not only be irresponsible and something that I would never intentionally do, it would also be senseless and stupid.
I underwent a drug-test on the 15 June 2019 [only two weeks prior to the 2 July testing] which did not return any adverse finding.
‘I want to apologise in advance to my teammates and management at the Lions and Springboks, my friends and my family for the negative impact this news may have.
‘Personally, this game has given me an opportunity to inspire not only the young rugby hopefuls but South Africans across all walks of life and that is something I do not take for granted and something I would definitely not risk by doing a stupid act like this.
‘I will now put all my energy in working with my support team and focus on proving my innocence in this matter and will not be providing any comments until there are further developments in the matter that warrant comment from my side.’
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