South Africa face will lose the 2021 World Athletics Relays gold medal after sprinter Thando Dlodlo was banned for doping violation.
The 22 year-old has been banned for two and half years by the South Africa Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS), which confirmed the sanction through its website.
Dlodlo tested positive for testosterone, the naturally-occurring hormone which can also be used as an anabolic steroid.
The South African news website News24 reported that the sample in question was collected at the South African National Championships in April last year.
Dlodlo’s took the test a month before the World Athletics Relays in Silesia, Poland. The results came after he participated in the men’s 4x100m race which they won gold, which will automatically disqualify of the team.
The 4x100m team comprised of Akani Simbine, Gift Leotlela and Clarence Munyai.
Italy will move up to gold-medal position, Japan moving to second and Denmark completing the podium three finishes.