Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Compulsory for all Athletes to undergo Doping tests before Singapore Sea Games - Saravanan

KUANTAN, May 19 (Bernama) -- All 510 National athletes selected for the SEA Games in Singapore must undergo compulsory dope tests before heading to Singapore said Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk M Saravanan.

Saravanan said since the decision was to avoid any unforeseen circumstances during the SEA Games and safeguard the image of the country, athletes should not view the move as an extreme procedure.

"We want to ensure all athletes are cleared before going for the games. Therefore, anyone found positive for banned substances at the SEA Games cannot blame the National Sports Institute (ISN), sports association or coaches.

"This is the first time all 510 athletes will undergo doping tests before the SEA Games although such procedures were carried out at random before Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the Olympics," he told reporters after opening a Satellite Centre (PS) at Kompleks Sukan Pahang (SUKPA) here, Tuesday.

Saravanan said the ISN manages 19 Satellite Centres throughout the country, including two in Pahang, namely PS Kuantan and PS Gambang Sports School, here.

He said the PS Kuantan has been operating since 2010 and assisting athletes from Pahang as well as providing expertise to the Gambang Sports School and Mokhtar Dahari Football Academy.

Malaysia's image was tarnished at the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia when the National 4x400m quartet that won the gold medal in the event failed a dope test.

The gold medal was later withdrawn when the Sample B was also positive.

To add insult to the injury, a weightlifter was also found to have failed a dope test at the SEA Games in Indonesia.


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