Sprinter banned, no thanks to meds from friend

  • Athletics
  • Saturday, 25 Jan 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Sprinter Mohd Syazrul Adli Saiful Adili from Penang has been banned four years for doping, after taking supplements that he says were given to him by a friend.

The 17-year-old studying at the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) in Johor, tested positive for methasterone and oxymetholone in his sample A testing. Both are banned drugs by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).

Syazrul’s blood sample was tested after he took part in the 4x100m in the Malaysian Closed in Bukit Jalil last August. He was part of the Johor quartet that won the race.

Methasterone, also known by the name of Superdrol, is a highly anabolic drug while oxymetholone is an anabolic steroid to promote weight gain and muscle growth.

Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president Datuk S.M. Muthu said they found Syazrul Adli, who didn’t want his B sample to be tested, guilty for using the banned steroids.

“We asked him who gave him the supplements and he said he got it from a friend in Penang and has been using it for two years.

“Syazrul says that he did not know the supplement contained banned substances, ” said Muthu.

“He has refused to reveal who ‘his friend’ is, whether an athlete or coach. It is a serious doping case, which involves a student. We decided to ban him for four years, ” said Muthu.

Muthu said national sprints coach Mohd Poad Mohd Kassim, who has been coaching Syazrul for the last two years, was also called up over the case.

“But we found that Poad had nothing to do with it.

“I advise students not to take any substances given by friends or anyone else. They should only take supplements provided by the National Sports Institute (ISN).

“We will be having a seminar on banned steroids soon for student and also national athletes. The Malaysia Anti Doping Agency (Adamas) officials will conduct the seminar, ” said Muthu.

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