KUALA LUMPUR — The national hockey squad may lose the service of top goalkeeper S. Kumar at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April after he failed a doping test last year.
Nonetheless, the appearance of the experienced goalkeeper is very much needed at the 2018 Asian Games which will also be the qualifying platform for the 2020 Olympic Games.
National men’s hockey assistant coach Muhamad Amin Rahim said for the time being the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) was still waiting for the date of the doping case hearing for the 38-year-old goalkeeper.
“S.Kumar is in the long list as we are still waiting for his hearing date. We hope his suspension will be shortened,” he said after a 2018 Commonwealth Games Selection Committee meeting at Wisma OCM today.
“If Kumar misses the Commonwealth Games, we hope he could at least play at the Asian Games. We know Kumar is an important figure in the team,” he added.
Kumar was detected positive for doping while playing at the Asian Cup finals against Oman on Oct 16 last year.
He was found using a banned substance, Sibutramine in his urine sample by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Following that, Kumar was temporarily suspended from all hockey activities for two years with hearing expected to be held this month.
Meanwhile, Muhamad Amin said the final list of players would only be announced at the end of January.
“For the time being, all national players are now representing their respective teams at the National Hockey League,” he added. — BERNAMA