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Mamabolo finally to receive his award and cheque

By NAKAMPE LEKWADU

AFTER 11 months of stress and suspense, the 2012 Comrade Marathon winner Ludwick Mamabolo will finally get his award and prize-money.

This after the Segopye, Mamabolo-born, outside Polokwane was last week declared innocent of using any banned substances ahead of the 89km marathon in Durban last June after he allegedly failed the drug test and was said to have used the banned stimulant methyxaneamine.

Mamabolo who has since pleading his innocence and his legal team applied for the allegations against him to be withdrawn for the past 11 months, and he finally got his way last week Tuesday when he was declared to be not guilty as therefore declared as the rightful winner of this ultra-marathon with nine times-Comrade winner, Bruce Fordyce confirming his innocence.

The road to get to the wheels of justice on his side though was not an easy one as his legal team had to convince organisers that there were too many irregularities with the process when Mamabolo was tested after the marathon. These included that the officials who supervised the urine tests were not accredited by the SA Institute for Drug Free Sport.
He was also left unsupervised for ten minutes before the test was conducted which was contrary to regulations.

Trevor Boswell of Werksmans Attorneys, which handled Mamabolo’s case on a pro bono basis, said the athlete was found not guilty on Tuesday in a 60-page judgment.

 The stage has since been set at the Scottsville’s Comrade House in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal where the relieved Mamabolo is expected to be officially crowned the 2012 Comrade Maratahon winner and he will also be handed over his fat cheque and also be able to defend his title during this year’s event.

His legal team pointed out too many irregularities with the process when Mamabolo was tested after the marathon. These included that the officials who supervised the urine tests were not accredited by the SA Institute for Drug Free Sport.
He was also left unsupervised for ten minutes before the test was conducted which was contrary to regulations.

Trevor Boswell of Werksmans Attorneys, which handled Mamabolo’s case on a pro bono basis, said the athlete was found not guilty on Tuesday in a 60-page judgment.

 

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