The SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) announced today that Mountain Biker, Brandon Stewart, has received a ban of 2 years for testing positive for the banned steroid, Testosterone. The sanctioned imposed on him is effective from 27 March 2014.
Stewart tested positive for the banned substance on 7 July 2013 during an out-of-competition test. The athlete had applied for an exemption to use Testosterone. The exemption, known as a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), was denied by the SAIDS TUE Commission.
Khalid Galant, SAIDS CEO, explained that subsequently Stewart appealed against his Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) denial to the SAIDS Appeal Board. The appeal was not successful. The Appeal Board supported the TUE Commission’s decision that a compelling medical condition did not exist to warrant the use of the banned steroid, testosterone.
Galant explains further: “Stewart was afforded due process as outlined by our anti-doping code with respect to being presented an opportunity to file an appeal against a TUE denial before he was charged with a doping offence.”