Mahlatse ‘Chiliboy’ Ralepelle banned for eight years
The 33-year-old former Springbok hooker failed a drugs test for third time in 10 years
Mahlatse Chiliboy Ralepelle played 27 times for South Africa. Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images
Former South Africa hooker Mahlatse ‘Chiliboy’ Ralepelle has been banned for eight years after he tested positive for a banned substance for the third time in 10 years.
Ralepelle, who received an apology from the South African rugby CEO Jurie Roux despite failing a drugs test after the match against Ireland at the Aviva stadium in November 2010, had the banned growth hormone Zeranol in his system in January of 2019.
The 33-year-old was also banned for two years for anabolic steroids after being caught by an out of competition tester while contracted to Toulouse in 2014.
Ralepelle currently plays for the Sharks in Super Rugby but this ban, running until 2027, will likely end his career although he does have 21 days to appeal.
“The Independent Doping Tribunal Panel handed down its decision in two parts this week on the doping charge against former Springbok and Sharks rugby player, Mahlatse ‘Chiliboy’ Ralepelle,” read a statement from the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport.
“The player tested positive for the banned anabolic agent, Zeranol, during an out-of-competition test on the 17th January 2019.
“The athlete challenged the doping charge and was afforded the opportunity to seek legal counsel to present his case and version of events to the tribunal panel.
“The hearings were adjourned multiple times and were held over a period of six months. The panel reached a decision first on the merits of the case where they found the player guilty of a doping offense.
“Ralepelle had previously tested positive on two separate occasions while playing overseas. The Zeranol positive case was his third positive dope test during his playing career within a 10-year period, however the player’s first positive case was ruled a No Fault decision and he then received a reprimand.
“The panel had to refer to sports jurisprudence to determine the appropriate sanction which they ruled to be the player’s second doping offense.”