Monday, 16 January 2012

Weightlifting body probes further into doping case

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Weightlifting Federation will activate its internal investigation committee to probe into a case involving an athlete who tested positive for doping, its president Zafarul Akbar Kassim said.

The federation was now waiting for the test result of the second sample taken from the athlete, he added.
Through the committee, Zafarul said, they would try to find out the extent of doping cases involving athletes under its charge and the possibility of other parties influencing the athletes to take prohibited substances.

The federation would not hesitate to terminate the service of any officer or coach involved in the issue, he said in a Bernama Radio24 interview programme, "Kerusi Panas" (hot seat).

He was asked on the action to be taken against a Malaysian weightlifter who tested positive for doping at the SEA Games in Indonesia in November last year.

Meanwhile, in the same programme, National Sports Institute chief executive officer, Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz said doping among athletes was under control and not alarming, stressing that the matter involved only a small number of athletes.

Ramlan said the institute would however remain vigilant to ensure the situation did not go out of control.


Read more: NST

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