Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Three Athletes To Have Anti-Doping Tests In Bulgaria - BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 (Bernama) -- The National Sports Institute (NSI) will carry out anti-doping tests on three Malaysian athletes who are in Bulgaria by seeking the assistance of the Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO) in Europe to conduct the tests.

NSI Director-General, Datuk Dr Ramlan Abd Aziz said NSI would also obtain the necessary information from the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) to ensure the anti-doping tests are smoothly carried out.

"This would mean the three athletes in Bulgaria need not return to Malaysia solely for the anti-doping tests and to save cost as well.

"In fact we do not anticipate encountering any problems in contacting the three sports personalities," he told reporters, here Tuesday.

The three athletes are Norjannah Hafizah Jamaluddin, Nurul Sarah Kadir and Noor Imran Hadi who are in Sofia to undergo training and competition.

Earlier, Datuk Dr Ramlan and MAAU President, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim were special guests at the 14th Malaysia Games cycling event held at the Velodrome in Cheras.

He said RADO had stated that it was prepared to assist NSI in carrying the anti-doping tests if requested.

"If an athlete was found positive, it was up to MAAU itself to mete out the appropriate punishment by setting up a panel as a normal procedure.

"I hope there will not be any accusations of biasness by the sports body should the athletes be found guilty," he said.


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