KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) will not tolerate athletes who tested positive for doping.
Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar said athletes should ensure the food, supplements and treatment are free of substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
“Athletes cannot blame the coaches or medical specialists but themselves. We take this matter seriously as Malaysia once sat on the WADA board.
“We have zero tolerance for athletes involved in doping,” he told reporters before a Deepavali walkabout in Brickfield, here Tuesday.
Sample A urine from a national elite athlete tested positive for doping at a sporting event overseas recently.
Khairy said as follow-up, the ministry ordered that a Special Committee of Inquiry be established to solve the case.
National Sports Institute (ISN) director-general Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz and Malaysian Anti-Doping Agency (Adamas) head Nishel Kumar immediately conducted an investigation.
“We had informed the athlete concerned who was shocked by the news. Adamas was informed of this via a letter from the International Sports Federation (ISF) dated Oct 1.
“The athlete wanted tests to be conducted on sample B urine and wanted to be present when the bottles are opened before the test is conducted overseas.”
Khairy said the ISF would not release the name of the athlete involved until the test on sample B was completed.
“We will not announce the name of the athlete until the test result on sample B is released to protect the reputation of the athlete. It is also in accordance with ISF rules,” he added. – Bernama