Former 400m World Champion, Montsho Suspended For 2 Years

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Former 400m World champion, Amantle Montsho has been handed a two-year ban by her country’s athletics federation, after testing positive for banned substance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Montsho of Botswana tested positive for methylhexaneamine at the Glasgow Games last July. She plans to appeal against her ban and has until March 26 to file her papers, according to local media reports.

If the punishment by the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) is upheld, it would probably end her career at the highest level.

Amantle Montsho Celebrates Winning a World Championships Gold in Daegu.
Amantle Montsho Celebrates Winning a World Championships Gold in Daegu.

Six months of investigations had failed to exonerate the athlete, whose A and B samples tested positive for the drug.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) first probed the findings and found Montsho guilty of violating its anti-doping code.

It was then referred to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) down to the BAA to determine a suitable sanction. The BAA delivered its verdict last month and was confirmed by the country’s head of athletics association, Moses Bantsi, on Wednesday.

Montsho became the first athlete from Botswana to win a Commonwealth Games gold in New Delhi, India in 2010. She followed that feat up with a world title in Daegu, South Korea in 2011.

She lost the defence of her title to Great Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu by four thousandths of a second in Moscow in 2013, but still claimed silver medal.

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