KUALA LUMPUR: Random dope tests will be conducted during the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL), which starts on Aug 6.
In fact, the testing began in the semi-finals of the MHF-Milo-NSC-Admiral Junior Hockey League last week and the Malaysia Hockey Federation (MHF) have agreed to continue with the routine in the senior competition.
This is the first time that the tests are being carried out in domestic hockey tournaments. Previously, the National Sports Institute only carried out tests in Sukma (Malaysia Games) and on athletes bound for international Games.
The NSI director, Dr Ramlan Aziz, said yesterday: “Besides hockey, we will also be looking at other sports to conduct random tests during their domestic meets.”
The MHL features 10 teams – Tenaga Nasional, Ernst and Young, Sapura, Bank Simpanan Nasional, Customs, Maybank, Royal Malay Regiment, Navy, Malay Mail and the MHF Project squad.