Tjoka ready for her anti-doping hearing

Tjoka further wants the court to ask the Drug Free Sport Organisation to show cause why its purported provisional suspension of her from competing

Aug. 10, 2019 2 min read

MASERU – Top female marathoner ’Mamoroallo Tjoka will finally have her day in court on August 27 when she will expect the High Court to bar an anti-doping hearing that sporting organisations are contemplating to take against her.

Tjoka, who is commonly known as the Queen of Soweto for her distinctive dominance over the years in the Soweto Marathon, is represented in the matter by King’s Counsel Motiea Teele.

 

She want the court to ask both the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation of Lesotho and the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport to show cause if any why they shall not be restrained from proceeding with the hearing against her scheduled for Rosebank, South Africa until the case has been finalised. The athlete also expects the two organisations to tell the court why they shall not be interdicted from proceeding with the hearing against her for alleged anti-doping violations of the Drug Free Sport Organisation’s anti-doping rules allegedly committed in Lesotho.


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She further wants the Drug Free Sport Organisation to tell the court reasons why it shall not be declared to have no authority to provisionally or at all suspend her for purported violation of the organisation’s anti-doping rules in as much as they have no application to her.

Tjoka further wants the court to ask the Drug Free Sport Organisation to show cause why its purported provisional suspension of her from competing and or participating in any authorised or organised sport by any amateur or professional league or any national or international level event dated May 7, 2019 shall not be declared unlawful, null and void and of no effect.

She also wants the body to tell the court why it shall not be declared to have no authority and or jurisdiction to summon her to appear before it in South Africa purportedly to hear and determine her alleged violation of the organisation’s anti-doping rules allegedly committed by her in Lesotho. Tjoka is a middle and long distance athlete and is a member of the Lesotho Amateur Athletics Association (LAAA).

The Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC), the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation of Lesotho and the LAAA are also respondents in the case and have opposed the application.

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