South Africa - Rugby: Elton Jantjies tests positive for a doping agent

South Africa - Rugby: Elton Jantjies tests positive for a doping agent

A new setback for Elton Jantjies. The South African rugby player has tested positive for the doping agent clenbuterol. Another case he could have done without.

Elton Jantjies is in turmoil. The South African international has tested positive for a doping substance. The substance in question is clenbuterol, which has been detected by the competent bodies in his country. Surprisingly, the player with 46 caps for his country revealed this himself in a statement sent to the South African press on Saturday August 26. He also added that he was leaving the matter to his representatives. "I have asked my lawyers to help me determine the origin of the banned substance, to request that the B sample be tested and that an investigation be opened into the possible causes of the positive test",

The 2019 World Champion with South Africa also adds that he will do everything in his power to prove his innocence. Elton Jantjies maintains that he does not know the origin of the product. At this stage, I can't say any more, but I want to assure all my supporters that I have never taken and will never take any banned substance. I will do everything in my power to prove my innocence."

What is clenbuterol?

Clenbuterol is a beta-stimulant.In particular, it can be used to stimulate pulmonary function.It also has anabolic effects. Clenbuterol is generally for veterinary use. As a doping product, it can help lose body fat, boost ventilation and increase blood flow. In other words, Elton Jantjies will have to explain himself and undergo a battery of tests.

This latest setback is just one of many for Elton Jantjies.The player was excluded from South Africa's 2022 squad for having an affair with a member of staff. He returned to the squad at the beginning of the summer, but did not play.He was not included in the squad for the 2023 World Cup.And finally, he is currently in dispute with his club, Agen.

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