Positive drug test leaves Elton Jantjies “shocked.”

Positive drug test leaves Elton Jantjies “shocked.”

Elton Jantjies, the Springbok flyhalf who is currently out of favor, expressed his “shock” upon receiving a positive test result for Clenbuterol, a banned substance.

In a statement, Jantjies conveyed his surprise and disappointment about testing positive for the prohibited substance Clenbuterol, as informed by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport. He disclosed that a urine sample he provided in June 2023 yielded the positive test result.

Jantjies further elaborated, stating, “I have engaged legal representation to help me ascertain the origin of the banned substance. I have also requested testing of my B sample and initiated an inquiry into the potential reasons for the positive test.”

Clenbuterol is a substance often favored by bodybuilders for its fat-burning properties. It is also used to alleviate asthma symptoms by widening airways and can contribute to enhancing athletes’ stamina.

Although Jantjies participated in the Springboks’ training camp for the Rugby World Cup scheduled from September 8 to October 28 in France, he was not included in the final 33-man squad for the tournament.

SA Rugby acknowledged Jantjies’ statement and emphasized their commitment to a regulated process. They refrained from further commentary or speculation as they await the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

Jantjies, a member of the victorious 2019 Springbok World Cup squad, has previously been involved in various controversies. These include an arrest for alleged property damage during a flight and being sent home from Argentina amid media reports. Despite these issues, he has represented the Springboks 46 times since his debut in 2012.

Jantjies recently joined the French second-tier team Agen in November.

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