Following the mostly emotional responses to the positive testing of Basson and Ralepelle, I read an interesting interview with Basson on his arrival back in South Africa.
I’ll keep this article short and give you the quotes. With thanks to The Mercury’s sister paper, the Diamond Fields Advertiser and Cape Times for the interview.
“I feel that the whole thing has been completely blown out of proportion,”
“I did have flu while I was on tour, but I do not think it was the medication that caused me to fail the test. At this stage, I believe it was one of the nutritional supplements that were given to us.”
“I did not take any sort of supplements before joining the Springbok squad and the only ones that I have been using were given to me along with all the other players in the team,” Basson said. “I do not know if everybody would have tested positive, but I think that Chiliboy and I might have been a bit unfortunate.”
This just asks the questions of who is providing the supplements, how much research is done into them, we’ve all seen the articles going around of how the market in SA is not regulated at all, but that is no excuse. We can also thank the lucky stars that none of the integral Springboks were tested, as they would now be at home and questioning their futures. Imagine if Victor Matfield, Juan Smith or Bismark Du Plessis had been tested? This is of course presuming it is the supplement with the banned substance in it, and that the same supplement was supplied to and taken by everyone in the squad.
I’ve also read in one of Tim Noakes’ articles that methylhexaneamine only stays in your system for 24 – 36 hours, so it seems we don’t need to worry about anyone else testing positive, especially since management has banned all supplements for quite a while.
Its interesting to get Basson’s perspective, and I look forward to seeing how SARU deals with this, and I hope they deal with it very quickly and look out for the players rather than themselves.Tweet