Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Sea Games: Naim: Malaysians clean

THERE will be no positive dope tests involving Malaysian athletes at the Sea Games in Indonesia next month.
That is the guarantee given by Malaysia's chef-de-mission Datuk Naim Mohamad as all measures to avoid potential embarrassments have been taken.

Any loopholes will be covered, at least as far as the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and the National Sports Institute (NSI) are concerned.

"From our point of view, it seems a watertight strategy and implementation in our doping control efforts," said Naim.
"The NSI is not taking any chances and all the team managers have been given strict guidelines which they have all agreed to follow."

The full list of athletes representing Malaysia in the Sea Games was confirmed in the team managers' meeting at the Olympic Council of Malaysia yesterday.

Athletes will go through a full medical check-up at the NSI before leaving for Indonesia and those with ailments requiring prescribed medication will need to be given a therapeutic usage exemption (TUE) form.

But not all teams representing the country have thus far adhered to the guidelines.

"Those who haven't complied have been notified. There is a list, but it is not for public consumption. I am sure all teams and national sports associations will not have any problems complying," said Naim. "The NSI has everything under control."

Naim added that the current size of the Malaysian contingent to the Sea Games is over 900 athletes, which isn't expected to grow by too many.

Read more: NST

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