Thursday, 2 June 2011

Malaysia runners pass drug test - Times of India

KUALA LUMPUR: Three athletes on Malaysia's national team who were suspected to have taken performance enhancing drugs have tested negative, a top sports official said Wednesday.

"Three female athletes tested last Wednesday at ISN - all negative," Ramlan Abdul Aziz, director-general of the National Sports Institute (ISN), said via a mobile phone text message.

It was reported last week that six athletes -- five members of the female 4 x 100m relay team and a male 100m sprinter -- facing doping allegations did not turn up for a random drugs test and three of them are believed to have fled to Bulgaria.

Three reappeared and took the test, while two women and one man are still missing.

The six sprinters were part of a team that was supposed to head to Bulgaria last Saturday for training and competition in Europe. The whereabouts of their coach, Harun Rasheed, is also a mystery.

Olympic Council of Malaysia secretary Sieh Kok Chi said that he was pleased with the results.

"We are happy and relieved with the results. Speculation that they took drugs is over," he said.

  Times of India

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