Thursday, 26 May 2011

Six Sprinters Requested To Undergo Doping Tests Go Missing - BERNAMA

ZOLKPLES (kiri) dan Dr Ramlan  mengulas isu ‘antidoping’ atlit, semalam. 
KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 (Bernama) -- Six sprinters, five females and a male athlete, who were required to undergo dope tests before leaving for an overseas training stint, have since gone missing.

Also missing was athletics head coach Harun Rasheed, said National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong during a press conference that was also attended by National Sports Institute (ISN) director-general Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz.

"Efforts to contact them was futile. They also did not report for training today," said Zolkples adding that the dope tests were supposed to have been carried out by ISN.

Zolkples however, did not reveal the names of the athletes involved.

The five female sprinters together with Mohd Jironi Riduan (men's 1,500m), K. Ganthimanthi (women's 1,500m) and S. Mathialagan (men's 800m) were scheduled to undergo medical tests, including dope tests, before leaving to Bulgaria in Saturday for training and competition in Europe.

Apart from the list of athletes bound to Bulgaria, a number athletes like Noraseela Khalid (women's 400m hurdles), Tan Song Hwa (women's hammer throw) and Loo Choo Sieng (men's walk), had undergone medical and dope tests yesterday, he said.

Zolkples said the female athletes had actually come to ISN in the morning but went missing after being informed that they would undergo dope tests as well.

"They had claimed that they were going to have their breakfast but went AWOL after that. NSC officials tried to contact them but to no avail.

"The NSC officers later tried to contact Harun Rasheed but he too could not be contacted until now," he said adding that the male athlete was totally absent yesterday.

Zolkples said to avoid any speculation, he had sent a report to the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

Meanwhile, Dr Ramlan said according to procedures of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), athletes must provide their urine samples when asked to do so.

"They must first fill up a form and within two hours must give their urine samples. If they fail to do so it is an offence," he said.

He said ISN would make three attempts to contact them.

"If the three attempts are not successful, ISN will send a report to the NSC, Olympic Council of Malaysia, WADA and IAAF," he said.


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