Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Three Athletes In Training In Bulgaria Yet To Undergo Anti-doping Tests - NSI

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 (Bernama) -- Three national athletes currently undergoing training in Bulgaria have yet to undergo anti-doping tests because they are constantly on the move due to training and competition schedules in that country, according the National Sports Institute (NSI).

NSI director-general Datuk Dr Ramlan Abd Aziz said NSI was working with Europe's Regional Anti-Doping Association (RADO) on the matter and only obtained their latest address form the Olympic Council of Malaysia on Thursday.

"Prior to that, RADO was having difficulty tracing them," he told Bernama here Tuesday.

The trio, Norjannah Hafizah Jamaluddin, Nurul Sarah Kadir and Noor Imran Hadi were last reported to be in Sofia, Bulgaria's capital.

They were reported to have skipped an anti-doping test session at the NSI on May 24 and two days later were reported to be in Bulgaria.

Dr Ramlan added that the anti-doping tests could be done at laboratories in Bulgaria or neighbouring countries and that there was not need the samples to be sent to Malaysia.

On Universiti Sains Malaysia's (USM) Anti-Doping Control Centre whose accreditation has been suspened by the World Anti-Doping Agency, Dr Ramlan said that he had been informed the matter had been brought to the Court of Abitration for Sports.

"Until the suspension is lifted, anti-doping samples from Malaysia will be sent to laboratories in Bangkok or New Delhi," he said.

The centre's accreditation was revoked in June last year for failing to meet International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) requirements.


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