In January 2023 the South African Institute for Drugfree Sport (SAIDS) reported an anti-doping rule violation against the Athelte Seipati Peo after her sample tested positive for the prohibited substances Stanozolol and 19-norandrosterone (Nandrolone).
Following notification a provisional suspension was ordered. The Athlete filed a statement in her defence and she was heard for the SAIDS Anti-Doping Tribunal.
The Athlete accepted the test result and denied the intentional use of the substances. Yet, she could not explain how the substances had entered her system. She assumed that the pre-race drinks she prior had used provided by her coach could be the source.
The Panel finds that the presence of the prohibited substances has been established in the Athlete's samples and accordingly that she committed an anti-doping rule violation. The Panel deems that the Athlete could not demonstrate that the violation was not intentional, nor the source of the prohibited substances.
Therefore the Panel decides on 4 July 2023 to impose a 4 year period of inelgibility on the Athlete, starting on the date of the provisional suspension, i.e. on 18 January 2023.