The South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) on
Thursday said Adoro and Comrades Marathon winner, Ludwick Mamabolo, from South
Africa, had tested positive for banned substances. SAIDS said Adoro’s A sample had been sent to Germany for
further testing after initial tests confirmed a high concentration of
testosterone. Although testosterone is a hormone that is primarily
secreted in the testicles of males, with other small amounts produced by
adrenal glands, it can also be found in boosters and pills.In addition to the testosterone, Adoro’s sample had also
tested positive for the banned substances corticosteroid and prednisone. Lesotho Athletics Amateur Association (LAAA) spokesperson,
Sejanamane Maphathe, said Adoro is contesting the results.
“The letter informing Adoro of his urine sample testing
positive to a banned substance was copied to us and we were talking to him
yesterday (Thursday) from Durban,” Maphathe said. “He has informed us that he is contesting the results and
wants SAIDS to re-test him.” He said Adoro had seven days to appeal. “He was given until today (Friday) to contest these
findings and he has already confirmed with us that he is contesting the result,” Maphathe said. He said they were going to have a meeting with Adoro over
the weekend to start working on his case. Adoro is currently training in Durban under Formula One
athletics coach Cliff Chinnasamy.
Meanwhile, SAIDS chief executive officer, Khalid Galant,
told South African media further confirmation analysis was needed before they
can charge Adoro. “Testosterone is also naturally produced by the body and
when a sample tests positive for testosterone beyond a threshold value (level)
it indicates an abnormal level in the body and requires further investigation,”
Galant said on Thursday.
He said a Carbon Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (CIRMS)
analysis will be performed to determine whether the high concentration is
naturally produced by the body, or artificially introduced through other means.
“Our national doping control laboratory does not yet have
the necessary equipment to perform CIRMS analysis on samples, therefore the
samples are sent to the doping control laboratory in Cologne, Germany, where
they have the requisite equipment and expertise to do the test,” he said. Galant said a charge would be filed against Adoro, under
the jurisdiction of the Lesotho National Olympic Committee or LAAA.The case will be passed on to the Lesotho sports
authorities to rule on the matter. Mamabolo, the first South African to win the Comrades
Marathon since 2005, tested positive for methylhexaneamine in June. He is also set to face a hearing after his B sample tested
positive in July. Adoro
won a gold medal when he came seventh in the 89km Comrades Marathon in June,
M20 000 cash prize in the process.