The Sowetan newspaper reports “he came second in his first race in 2010 and nothing was probed. Now that he had sacrificed his job and trained to win the race, there are issues. Could that not be about the fact that he is black?” Mamabolo’s father told the paper.
Mamabolo won the 89km marathon between Maritzburg and Durban on June 3. Shortly after the race he was tested positive for methylhexaneamine. Professional and amateur sports bodies, such as the World Anti Doping Agency, have banned methylhexanamine as a performance enhancing substance and suspended athletes that have used it.
He was expected to request that his B sample be tested. Jeremiah Mamabolo said his son had been running for many years and if indeed he was using stimulants, it would have been discovered already.
“Ludwick worked very hard to win the Comrades Marathon this year,” he told the newspaper.