The South African track and field athlete received four years ineligibility for anti-doping rule violations. He had unreasonably missed three doping tests and twice failed to disclose his whereabouts.
The decision on disqualification was made by the Athletics Integrity Unit, an independent organization whose mission is to combat negative phenomena in athletics. AIU representatives noted in the comments that the athlete had already been suspended on January 8 after failing three consecutive doping tests.
The organization also said Mannonga could have avoided such a decision if he had come forward upon request and passed the necessary tests. The four-year period of ineligibility started retroactively – from December 23, 2020, Luovo will now be able to compete only from 2025.
It should be noted that the South African athlete had already been banned for 18 months in 2012. Then his suspension was due to his use of methamphetamine and he was treated for drug addiction on prescription.
Previously, Manonga had a strong track record in the long jump. He won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, was a silver medalist at the 2018 World Indoor Championships and was the World Champion at the 2017 event.
Journalists recalled some other interesting doping scandals of the past year:
Christian Coleman. Like Mannonga, this athlete ignored doping tests, but thanks to the help of lawyers, he not only made it to the 2019 World Championships, but also won the 100-meter dash. But in 2020 Coleman decided to go shopping instead of testing and now his case is being investigated by the Ad Hoc Committee.
Maria Sotskova. The recent heroine of the 2020 Olympics was part of a high-profile scandal. In addition to three missed tests, the figure skater was caught faking a certificate and using furosemide, so she rightly “caught” a 10-year disqualification.
Bilal Makhov. The super heavyweight wrestler became famous for the growth hormone found in his system. However, the search for its source was never crowned with success, although according to one version, the hormones were taken by the athlete’s wife. At the 2012 London Olympics, where Makhov won bronze, the silver and gold medalists were disqualified. Thus, Bilal not only avoided punishment, but also became the champion.
All this shows that doping scandals have happened before, are flaring up now, and do not seem to stop in the near future. But fair competition wins out after all.