The South African Rugby Players Association (SARPA), together with Border Rugby Union, has advised and assisted Lonwabo Mtimka with the application to review the decision imposing his one year ban for using a banned substance.
Rugby 365 reports that the prop forward was banned after traces of a banned substance – contained in his asthma medication – was found and he failed to declare it as per the required form.
“We had extensive consultations with our member and also had discussions with Border Rugby Union and the conclusion was that our course of action has merit whereby we seek to have the one year suspension of Lonwabo Mtimka reversed,” Piet Heymans, Chief Executive Officer of SARPA, said.
“A number of valid issues need to be considered by the Review committee.”
The review is set to be heard on Wednesday, October 29, in Cape Town.
“We are confident that the Review Committee will be open to our submissions regarding what we see to amount to a particularly harsh sanction.
“We further trust that they will consider these submissions in a constructive manner so that our member will be ensured of playing rugby and practicing his career as a professional without delay,” concluded Heymans.Tweet