Online Exclusive

Bend It Like Bedi

Published: Sunday October 5, 2014 MYT 2:25:00 PM
Updated: Sunday October 5, 2014 MYT 3:35:59 PM

Stop calling her a cheat!

A lot of Malaysians were probably disappointed and devastated when our wushu exponent Tai Cheau Xuen (pic) tested positive for a banned substance at the Asian Games in Incheon.

She was after all our first gold medallist at the just concluded games.

While there are those who have tagged her as a cheat (among other things), I think we should not come to quick conclusions.

She tested positive for the stimulant sibutramine after winning the women's nanquan and nandao all-round event on Sept 20.

Sibutramine is widely used as a dietary supplement to control weight gain but has been banned in many countries as it can cause stroke. The substance is on the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) banned substances list.

In 2010, Romanian striker Adrian Mutu tested positive for the same substance while playing for Serie A team Forientina. Mutu who was banned subsequently for nine months said that he ingested slimming pills his mother had given him.

The substance wouldn’t have made him score more goals or have more energy to run around the football pitch.

Similarly, there is no way that Tai’s performance could be enhanced by taking this substance.

This is not a steroid or a blood thinner, which is used by some athletes to enhance their performance.

It is not right to equate Tai with the likes of cyclist Lance Armstrong or sprinter Marion Jones who clearly used drugs to gain an edge over their competitors.

I’m not saying that Tai definitely took the substance without knowing about it, but there is a huge possibility that she might not have known what she was taking.

She might now most likely be banned for two years, although the ban can be reduced if she proves that she took it by mistake.

Let us not vilify her or call her a cheat. 

Instead use her case to educate the other national athletes so that they know what is legal and what isn't.

I can only imagine how it easy it is to be caught up in a doping scandal if you accidentally took something from the shelves.  

It would be sad that an athlete would lose years off their limited sporting life because of an innocent mistake.   

It is good that the Malaysian Wushu Federation stands by their athlete. She should definitely be given a chance. 

In this case, the whole of Malaysia should stand by her too.  

 

 

More Articles

Filter by

Stop calling her a cheat!

5 October 2014

A lot of Malaysians were probably disappointed and devastated when our wushu exponent Tai Cheau Xuen tested positive for a banned substance at the Asian Games in Incheon.

Gauging our progress

21 September 2014

The Asian Games is the best indicator of how competitive our athletes are on the international stage.

Tennis Opens opening up

14 September 2014

It was a breath of fresh air when the men's final of the US Open tennis tournament last week's was not contested by Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic.

Why always him?

25 August 2014

I didn't know what to think when I first heard Liverpool were considering signing a certain Mario Balotteli. Why always him? Ok, perhaps not always, but why him?

The sanctity of sports

27 July 2014

We all have our opinions on what’s happening in the world but bringing politics into sports is something I really oppose.

A Messi win for Argentina

13 July 2014

After many sleepless nights in the past month, it has come down to the final. Yes! The World Cup will be over in less than 24 hours and we will know the champions of the biggest prize in football.

The Asian nightmare

29 June 2014

I have always supported the Netherlands or the Oranje in every World Cup tournament since 1994. This World Cup however, I decided to support Japan or the Blue Samurai.

Costa Rica’s courage

23 June 2014

THIS has got to be one of the most open World Cups in recent times. After just two matchdays we have already seen some major upsets occurring.

The Malaysian Dream

25 May 2014

There is nothing quite like the Thomas Cup for bringing Malaysians together.

Hoping for a miracle

11 May 2014

Regardless of whether or not Liverpool bag the title, it’s been a great season so far.

advertisement

Recent Posts

advertisement