Olympic silver medalist gets 4-year ban

Luvo Manyonga of South Africa will be ineligible for the next two Summer Olympics because of missed doping tests. Manyonga took silver in the long jump in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.



June 18, 2021 - 2:19 PM

MONACO (AP) — Olympic long jump silver medalist Luvo Manyonga was banned for four years on Friday over missed doping tests and will miss the next two Summer Games.

Track and field’s Athletics Integrity Unit said Manyonga had three violations of so-called whereabouts rules in a one-year period. The South African missed one doping test in 2019 and had two failures in 2020 to file details where he could be found to give samples.

The 2017 world champion’s four-year ban runs into December 2024, including the Tokyo Olympics next month and the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The usual two-year ban for whereabouts violations was doubled because it was the 30-year-old Manyonga’s second doping case. He tested positive for methamphetamine and was banned in 2012 for 18 months.

Manyonga took silver at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.