Doping: Singapore bodybuilder banned for life

SINGAPORE: A Singapore bodybuilder touted as a possible SEA Games medal winner has been banned for life after testing positive twice for steroids, a local newspaper reported yesterday. 

Edwin Tan, 32, was banned by the Singapore National Olympic Council after testing positive on Nov 5 for 19-norandrosterone, a metabolite of a banned anabolic steroid, the Straits Times said. 

“I'm not shocked at the life ban. This is his second offence,'' the paper quoted Singapore Bodybuilding Federation president Paul Chua as saying. 

Officials from the Singapore National Olympic Council, Singapore's governing body on international competitions, were not available for comment. 

The council had earlier banned Tan for two years in August 2000 after he tested positive for a banned substance. Tan started competing again in June and was a medal hopeful at SEA Games beginning Dec 5 in Hanoi, Vietnam. 

Another Singaporean bodybuilder who had been bound for the SEA Games, Nor Perwira Jaya Rahmat, was recently banned for two years for testing positive for furosemide, a diuretic sometimes used to shed weight quickly or mask other drugs. 

The Singapore Bodybuilders Federation has introduced tougher anti-doping tests since 1995, when it was suspended from the Singapore Sports Council for a year after world championship silver medallist Jojo Sinclair tested positive for steroids. She was subsequently banned for life. – AP 

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