SEREMBAN – Incheon Asian Games chef-de-mission Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah wants to make an appeal to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on behalf of wushu exponent Tai Cheau Xuen who failed a dope test.
Cheau Xuen, winner of the combined nanquan and nandao event gold medal at the Asian Games had failed a dope test and is facing the prospect of a penalty or suspension.
“I have strong reasons to make an appeal. We are not going to question the procedure or rules set for the doping process but merely seeking leniency when making a decision on the exponent.
“The appeal will be made even though WADA has yet to make a decision,” he told reporters Negeri Sembilan state level Wushu Talent Scouting programme for schools that was launched by Majlis Pendekar Malaysia (MPM) president Tan Sri Omardin Mauju, here Sunday.
Danyal who is also the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) vice president said he had decided to submit an appeal because Xuen had no intention of using the banned substance, sibutramine.
“We do not want Xuen’s career to end because of something that she had no intention of doing. She is a genuine athlete who has attained world class through her performance,” he said.
The gold medal won by Xuen, 23, from Negeri Sembilan, was later withdrawn by the Olympic Council of Asia.