Banned Bok wing Dyantyi: I will get back to the field!

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In 2019, and on the eve of the Rugby World Cup, Dyantyi was banned from all forms of the game after his mandatory B sample came back testing positive for three banned substances following a national training camp.

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According to the ruling handed down to Dyantyi, he was effectively ‘banned from participating in sport from the date of 13th August 2019 [when he was provisionally suspended] to 12th August 2023’.

Dyantyi previously earned 13 caps for the Springboks

At the beginning of last year, the Bok wing was advised by World Rugby that he had the right to lodge an appeal directly with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland instead of going through the national appeal process.

This followed in the wake of the announcement in mid-December when an independent panel handed down the suspension to the Springbok wing after finding that he had ‘failed to satisfy the burden of proof to establish that his positive dope test was not intentional’.

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids) later released a statement to confirm and accept the decision rendered by the panel.

However, it was ultimately confirmed that Dyantyi would not go the route of approaching Court of Arbitration for Sport, instead accepting that he would wait out the length of the ban.

The 27-year-old is entering his third year away from rugby, but has now taken to social media to suggest he will aim to get back on the field.

“This year marks three years out of the game,” Dyantyi wrote. “A very challenging three years coupled with tears, rebuilding, love and laughter.

“A trial and error period in my life, but two business projects down the line, I wouldn’t change anything about my life journey. The support has been both heartwarming and humbling (Thank You).

“I find myself in a privileged position of building beyond rugby and focusing on getting back on the field, and get back I will …

“I’m only getting started …”

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Aphiwe Dyantyi gives an update on his situation on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/TMNEAoXcBl

— Dylan Jack (@dylmjack) February 7, 2022

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