Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Eight athletes have yet to undergo Doping Test -- ADAMAS

KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 (Bernama) -- The Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia (ADAMAS) chief Nishel Kumar today reported that eight national athletes qualified for SEA Games in Singapore next month have yet to undergo the doping test.

He said the athletes who could not undergo the test were from diving, equestrian, gold and shooting sports, as they were currently participating in other sports meet or undergoing training abroad.

"ADAMAS will carry out the test on them even though the results may come out quite late. For team events, we have done the test on them, who made up 50 per cent of the athletes.

"At first, we sent all urine samples to India, but for the last group of athletes, we will send their samples to Bangkok, Thailand for quicker results," he told reporters at the National Summit on Anti-Doping organised by the National Sports Institute (ISN) here Tuesday.

The summit was opened by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. Also present were ISN chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abd Aziz and Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja'afar.

Nishel said ADAMAS has adopted the 'Smart Testing' method in carry out the doping test on national athletes before any major events such as the Commonwealth Games, Asia Games or even Olympic Games.

He said the method did not involve all athletes, as the test would only be carried out on athletes in certain sports, such as cycling and weight-lifting.

"In golf for example, we don't need to carry out the test on all golf athletes. We will do the test on the right athletes at the right time," he added.


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