South Africa coach Matt Proudfoot defends doping controls
South Africa assistant trainer Matt Proudfoot has defended the team’s doping controls after the positive drug test of Aphiwe Dyantyi.
Springboks and Lions wing Dyantyi, 25, will face a four-year prohibit following both his A and B pee samples returned results for multiple steroids, but coach Proudfoot defended his team’s drugs testing program.
He said:”We are analyzed weekly, probably six to eight players are analyzed within an off-day each week until the decks we’ve been on, right the way through the Super Rugby tournament.
“I understand why the storyline is there, however, serious testing is done of the team, and that’s the team I’m responsible for.
“Drugs testing has to be functioning, that is a world sporting issue.”
Proudfoot also stated events on the field should judge South Africa’s rugby.
He added:”If you take a close take a look at our Sevens team competing on the world stage, our junior side third in the planet, the Springboks competing nicely, the women’s team also.
“So that’s the image of South African rugby which has to be attained.
“But obviously doping in sport is something which needs to be constantly addressed.”
Two-time World Cup winners South Africa open their World Cup bidding against defending champions New Zealand at Yokohama.
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