KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) have expressed regret that a national cyclist has allegedly used a prohibited substance during the 2013 Jelajah Malaysia (Tour of Malaysia) from June 26-30.
“All athletes should be aware of the prohibition on taking banned drugs in sports,” MNCF deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad said Wednesday.
MNCF vice-president and Anti-Doping Committee chairman Datuk Amarjit Singh Gill confirmed that Terengganu cyclist Ahmad Fallanie Ali had tested positive for a banned substance.
A report from the International Cycling Union (UCI) found the cyclist’s urine in sample A recorded abnormal reading for methandienone metabolites, which is anabolic steroid.
“MNCF’s Anti-Doping Committee and Disciplinary Committee will hold a meeting shortly to call him for an explanation, apart from officially informing him of the punishment to be meted out,” said Naim.
“It is disappointing that there are still athletes who take the issue of medicine or banned substances lightly in competitions.”
Naim, who is also the 2013 Jelajah Malaysia chief operating officer, said that this was the first such incident in the history of the race and that it had marred the race’s prestige.
“Even though doping screening was not required for the race, the organisers took it upon themselves to carry out random dope tests with the co-operation of the National Sports Institute (NSI),” he said.
Naim said that if found guilty, Ahmad Fallanie would be suspended from participating in any races sanctioned by UCI and MNCF.
For the record, two national cyclists – Razif Salleh and Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi – were suspended from competition for two years in 2007 and 2009 for using banned substances. — Bernama