PETALING JAYA: National Sports Institute (NSI) director Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz has admitted that there was a delay in announcing the results of the doping tests conducted on four Sukma athletes.
Ramlan however reiterated that it was done without any bad intention and he is taking full responsibility for it.
“Yes, there was a delay as we knew about it even before the Busan Asian Games. I take responsibility for the delay as there was a reason to maintain full confidentiality. We had to be doubly sure of the final outcome, which was when the B results came out,” said Ramlan.
He clarified that three Sabah and one Selangor weightlifters were tested positive for taking the prohibited drug nandrolone decanoate before the Games.
The weightlifters could now find themselves being stripped of the medals that they won in Kota Kinabalu last September when the Sukma supreme council body meets to discuss the issue.
Ramlan said that he was the one who virtually collected the positive sample of the athletes and sent it to the lab.
“Unlike the SEA Games, we did not have the luxury of the whole machinery of people, which could have hasten the whole process. There were also the many public holidays to deal with and we had difficulty in communicating with the Sabah athletes themselves.
“We wanted to make sure that the test for the B sample was done in their presence, with the attendance of a neutral observer.
“It was only in January that we could start making plans for the B sample to be opened and tested,” explained Ramlan.
Ramlan said he does not mind being accused of being slow as long as his integrity is at stake.
Expressing his concern with the outcome of the four positive results, he hoped that when the matter is relayed to the national federation, steps would be taken to get to the root of the matter.