South African Institute of Drug-Free Sport update

Annah Watkinson (the athlete) was charged with:


  1. A violation of Article 2.1 of the SAIDS and WADA Anti-Doping Rules due to the presence of a Prohibited Substance (Mestanolone), and


  1. A violation of Article 2.2 of the aforesaid Rules due to the use of such Prohibited Substance.


On 21 November 2023 the Independent Anti-Doping Hearing Panel determined the following:


  1. An Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) by the athlete has been established.


  1. The ADRV has been intentional.


  1. The athlete must serve a period of Ineligibility of 4 (four) years, to expire on 10 January 2026.


  1. The athlete is not permitted to participate in any capacity in a competitive activity hosted by TSA or Ironman South Africa during the period of Ineligibility.


  1. The athlete’s results at the Ironman competition of 21 November 2021 are set aside.


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