South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport CEO Khalid Galant said he hoped the ruling handed down to local distance runner Louisa Leballo would deter other athletes from trying to “coerce or intimidate a doping control office”.
Leballo has been banned from the sport until 2025 after she tested positive for a banned substance and tried to influence a doping control officer.
According to reports, the 39-year-old tested positive for the Peptide Hormone‚ Erythropoietin (EPO) and then tried to persuade a doping control officer to “cancel the test”.
She was given a four-year sanction for each offense and it was decided they would run consecutively, meaning the Pretoria local will be out of action for eight years.
Leballo lit up the road this year after she returned from a four year hiatus. The Nedbank runner won the SPAR Grand Prix event in Cape Town, finished third at the Two Oceans Marathon and set a number of personal bests.