In Summary
  • He Has been suspended for four years after testing positive for a banned substance, the South African anti-doping body announced on Thursday.
  • Jantjies, 33, said in August that he had tested positive for Clenbuterol, which can be used to burn fat, and would fight to prove his innocence.
  • Jantjies,was part of the team that won a second Rugby World Cup for the Boks in Japan in 2019

World Cup-winning Springboks rugby player Elton Jantjies has been handed a four-year ban after testing positive for a banned substance, South Africa’s anti-doping body said Thursday.

The 33-year-old tested positive for Clenbuterol, a drug that many bodybuilders use to cut weight and increase muscle mass, in June 2023.

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Elton Jantjies /Photo Courtesy.

 

His Rugby Career

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) said on its website that Jantjies has been given the ban, which might bring an end to his career

SAIDS said Jantjies tested positive for Clenbuterol in June last year and that no hearing was held about the case.

A spokesperson for Jantjies has already issued a statement in response to the ban, saying: “Elton would prefer not to engage with the media and his legal team are working on the case/appeal. Yes he is aware of the sanction.

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Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies in action. Photo: Willem Loock/BackpagePix

 

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Rugby World Cup 2019

Jantjies, a flyhalf, was part of the team that won a second Rugby World Cup for the Boks in Japan in 2019.

They retained the title in France last year. Jantjies was selected in South Africa’s extended training squad ahead of the 2023 World Cup but did not make the final squad

 

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