Orlando Pirates have asked the media for space following the revelation that a player has tested positive for cocaine.
EWN reported on Wednesday that SAIDS Chief Executive Khalid Galant confirmed a Pirates player had failed a doping test.
The players’ B sample reportedly confirmed that he had tested positive for cocaine.
The unnamed player will now face a club investigation as well as SAIDS hearing into the matter, which set for August 31.
The club has responded to the statement by requesting ‘that the Media kindly give this process the space that it deserves’ while also confirming that it ‘will await the outcome of the hearing and deal with the mater in terms of the Club Policy Handbook’.
Orlando Pirates statement on the matter:
Following the announcement by SAIDS (South African Institute of Drug Free Sports) that one of our players has failed a doping test, the Club hereby confirms that it has been made aware and is looking into the matter.
At this point it is important that the due process in terms of the player appearing before the disciplinary committee of SAIDS is respected and that the Club in its endeavour to get to the bottom of this, will conduct its own investigation.
The Club, as a policy, is against any use of banned substances whether for performance enhancement or recreational use.
We humbly request that the Media kindly give this process the space that it deserves, and the Club will await the outcome of the hearing and deal with the mater in terms of the Club Policy Handbook.