Namibian rugby has been thrown into turmoil as the powers that be at Lichtenstein-Strasse, Windhoek, struggle to tighten the lid on the boiling pot of another doping scandal.
Almost a month since Namibia’s campaign at the International Rugby Board (IRB) Nations Cup in Bucharest, Romania, it has now come to the fore that a member of the national senior rugby team had tested positive for a banned steroid.
Our mole reveals that bosses at the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) have been trying hard to conceal the unfolding debacle, which he described as double standards before labelling it a travesty of justice.
“You might recall that we had a similar case during our national rugby youth team’s participation in Harare, Zimbabwe a few months ago?
“They (NRU) were then quick out of the blocks to tackle the doping allegations and even went to the length of issuing a press release in that regard revealing the identity of the alleged cheater, so what’s the difference between the two cases?” charged the irate whistle-blower.
Another source questions the deliberate delay and apparent systematic silence by NRU to pronounce itself on the said incident.
“Failure by the NRU to adopt and exercise the same principle towards this matter defies any form of logic. It leaves the embattled union extremely vulnerable for criticism, obliging one to suspect or rather conclude racism is at play here, or why should this incident be treated as an isolated case as opposed to the previous one?”
When people started sniffing around in search of answers as to why NRU has adopted a half-hearted disclosure on the reported doping saga, the egg-faced union acted swiftly by issuing a hastily drafted press release for publication, exclusively to its usual sidekick, the Afrikaans daily, Die Republikein.
Die Republikein reported that Arthur Bouwer is the player at the centre of the storm and further stated that the 26-year-old bearded scrumhalf would remain suspended from all forms of rugby until the matter is resolved.
Several attempts to get comment from the NRU acting CEO Elizma Theron proved futile as her mobile phone went unanswered.