Anti-doping rule violation for top track cyclist: In-competition Test

Cycling South Africa reports that Maroesjka Matthee has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation after an in-competition test conducted on 8 August 2016 confirmed the presence of Pseudoephedrine.

The SAIDS Independent Doping Hearing Panel imposed a period of ineligibility of one year, commencing on 02 October 2016. Ms. Matthee is therefore suspended and prohibited from competing and administering in the sport of Cycling as well as in any other sport in South Africa and Internationally from 2 October 2016 – 1 October 2017. This decision may be appealed by Ms. Matthee, the UCI and SAIDS.

 

Cycling South Africa respects the independence of the SAIDS process and will respect the outcome. Cycling SA further reiterates its zero-tolerance approach to doping in sport and will continue working with SAIDS in the promotion of a drug-free sport via its awareness and extensive testing programmes.




86 Comments

TheJ, Nov 14 2016 10:24

If she had a cold/snozzy/sickish.... why ride a race within 24 hours (the half life)?

 

If I had any illness requiring stuff like Sinustat (or similar), I wouldn't be in a condition to ride the next day already.

Pure Savage, Nov 14 2016 10:24

And in about 10 seconds one can see if its on the naughty list.

 

http://www.drugfrees...dication-check/

 

Edit: As an athlete, making the above link a bookmark in you browser is a must.

 

Agreed, this one also: https://goo.gl/y6V8Xa :P

milky4130, Nov 14 2016 10:27

What "sauna at gym" has benefits, time to dust off my gym membership card.

Icycling, Nov 14 2016 10:27

You've lost the plot with this statement

I hope you referring to this part of the statement as you stated that it's a masking agent, as this is why I re-posted from the other track unedited! But it should read - The testers need to test for these substances and not masking agents.

 

"I just think the list of ban substances is way to long knowing that only a few have GREAT impact. The test need to test for these substances and not masking agents - the test designers need to do a better job, hopefully possible job."

Wil6, Nov 14 2016 10:29

I hope you referring to this part of the statement as you stated that it's a masking agent, as this is why I re-posted from the other track unedited! But it should read - The testers need to test for these substances and not masking agents.

 

"I just think the list of ban substances is way to long knowing that only a few have GREAT impact. The test need to test for these substances and not masking agents - the test designers need to do a better job, hopefully possible job."

No, go and have a look what I've highlighted from your post.

alleyne, Nov 14 2016 10:31

Think before you guys judge her read what she has to say about it.

She went to to pharmacy for Sinustat, they did not have stock. The pharmacist gave her Actifed and said it's almost the same thing.

As a professional athlete that is simply not an acceptable excuse. You need to take responsibility for what goes into your system and if it's medication you take the additional time to check what's on the label and if it's okay or not and not just go on what the pharmacist said. 

 

How may times have we all heard this excuse (whether true or not) to know that you shouldn't be making that mistake.

Icycling, Nov 14 2016 10:35

What "sauna at gym" has benefits, time to dust off my gym membership card.

"One study demonstrated that a 30-minute sauna session two times a week for three weeks POST-workout increased the time that it took for study participants to run until exhaustion by 32% compared to baseline.4

The 32% increase in running endurance found in this particular study was accompanied by a 7.1% increase in plasma volume and 3.5% increase in red blood cell (RBC) count.4 This increased red blood cell count accompanying these performance gains feed right back into those more general mechanisms we talked about earlier, the most obvious of which being: more red blood cells increase oxygen delivery to muscles. It is thought that heat acclimation boosts the RBC count through erythropoietin (EPO) because the body is trying to compensate for the corresponding rise in plasma volume.4

(Note from Tim: If “EPO” sounds familiar, it’s because it’s commonly injected by Tour de France competitors. More on that here.)

In other words, hyperthermic conditioning through sauna use doesn’t just make you better at dealing with heat; it makes you better, period. I do want to mention that while these gains were made with a small sample size (N=6) some of the later studies that I point out reinforce this conclusion"

 

But there quite a few studies on this (google it - there quite a bit of info).

 

On a personnel level I have noticed thou Blood tests and using a Sauna my Haematocrit and been tested at 50 - this was the legal limit of been safe before they could test for EPO.

Patchelicious, Nov 14 2016 10:38

Its always somebody else's fault.

Patchelicious, Nov 14 2016 10:38

"One study demonstrated that a 30-minute sauna session two times a week for three weeks POST-workout increased the time that it took for study participants to run until exhaustion by 32% compared to baseline.4

The 32% increase in running endurance found in this particular study was accompanied by a 7.1% increase in plasma volume and 3.5% increase in red blood cell (RBC) count.4 This increased red blood cell count accompanying these performance gains feed right back into those more general mechanisms we talked about earlier, the most obvious of which being: more red blood cells increase oxygen delivery to muscles. It is thought that heat acclimation boosts the RBC count through erythropoietin (EPO) because the body is trying to compensate for the corresponding rise in plasma volume.4

(Note from Tim: If “EPO” sounds familiar, it’s because it’s commonly injected by Tour de France competitors. More on that here.)

In other words, hyperthermic conditioning through sauna use doesn’t just make you better at dealing with heat; it makes you better, period. I do want to mention that while these gains were made with a small sample size (N=6) some of the later studies that I point out reinforce this conclusion"

 

But there quite a few studies on this (google it - there quite a bit of info).

I typed this into the banned substance list and nothing came up....

Eldron, Nov 14 2016 10:40

Pseudo ephedrine is one of those "too easily available" drugs. It's in tons of stuff.

Rules are rules though - it was in her body so she needs to take the knock.

Learn the lesson though - read the label - ALWAYS read the label.

American Flyers, Nov 14 2016 10:40

Do the drug tester ask the athletics, if they have been taking any tablets for the past 3-6 months, so that they will know if they are guilty or not?

Icycling, Nov 14 2016 10:41

Do the drug tester ask the athletics, if they have been taking any tablets for the past 3-6 months, so that they will know if they are guilty or not?

Yes they do - you are meant to disclose what you have been using.

Spinnekop, Nov 14 2016 10:53

Do the drug tester ask the athletics, if they have been taking any tablets for the past 3-6 months, so that they will know if they are guilty or not?

Yip.

On the form you have to tell them what you have used during a 2 week window.

Popit, Nov 14 2016 10:55

A few years back my Daughter was a fairly competitive swimmer and had been tested from the age of 13 at various gala's .

 

EVERY time she had to take any form of medication we would first phone our GP and get him to confirm if it was ok or not .

 

I feel this is a small responsibility for EVERY serious athlete .

Saves a lot of ''explaining " down the line . We were also fully aware that many OTC medications have banned substances in them .

Andrew Steer, Nov 14 2016 11:09

I can't understand how little these athletes value their careers...

You train hours and hours, day after day, but you can't take 3 minutes to check if a medicine is banned.

 

Lovely person... wish it wasn't so.

Andrew Steer, Nov 14 2016 11:19

Yes they do - you are meant to disclose what you have been using.

And did she?

milky4130, Nov 14 2016 11:26

Was the original article edited?

GaryvdM, Nov 14 2016 11:27

"One study demonstrated that a 30-minute sauna session two times a week for three weeks POST-workout increased the time that it took for study participants to run until exhaustion by 32% compared to baseline.4

The 32% increase in running endurance found in this particular study was accompanied by a 7.1% increase in plasma volume and 3.5% increase in red blood cell (RBC) count.4 This increased red blood cell count accompanying these performance gains feed right back into those more general mechanisms we talked about earlier, the most obvious of which being: more red blood cells increase oxygen delivery to muscles. It is thought that heat acclimation boosts the RBC count through erythropoietin (EPO) because the body is trying to compensate for the corresponding rise in plasma volume.4

(Note from Tim: If “EPO” sounds familiar, it’s because it’s commonly injected by Tour de France competitors. More on that here.)

In other words, hyperthermic conditioning through sauna use doesn’t just make you better at dealing with heat; it makes you better, period. I do want to mention that while these gains were made with a small sample size (N=6) some of the later studies that I point out reinforce this conclusion"

 

But there quite a few studies on this (google it - there quite a bit of info).

 

On a personnel level I have noticed thou Blood tests and using a Sauna my Haematocrit and been tested at 50 - this was the legal limit of been safe before they could test for EPO.

 

Wow! 

 

For those interested in the study mentioned, here it is: http://www.sciencedi...440244006001393

Icycling, Nov 14 2016 11:47

And did she?

I don't know - but I am not sure if it changes anything at all in SAIDS eyes!

Patchelicious, Nov 14 2016 11:53

I don't know - but I am not sure if it changes anything at all in SAIDS eyes!

But she left it off, it does change the "intentional vs non-intentional" arguement a bit.

Donovan Le Cok, Nov 14 2016 12:21

There was mention a few times early in the thread of "her statement". Can somebody please post a link?

nonky, Nov 14 2016 12:56

Its always somebody else's fault.

Shaggy defence

Patchelicious, Nov 14 2016 12:58

Shaggy defence

It worked surprisingly well in varsity......

nonky, Nov 14 2016 01:01

It worked surprisingly well in varsity......

Until the paternity tests came back?

Robo, Nov 14 2016 01:25

Happy to say that I then avoided to be chicked In the 2011 One Tonner 😂