PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is set to play a bigger role in the fight against doping in sports following the election of Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said to the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Azalina is the first Asian woman to be elected to the Foundation Board.
The Foundation Board is WADAs supreme decision-making body headed by Dick Pound.
Azalina won the tussle with Irans vice president Mohsen Mehralizadeh and will represent Asia on the Board effective from Nov 8. Her term will end in December 2007.
It is indeed an honour to the country as we have been involved in the fight against doping in sport for quite some time through our anti-doping facilities in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang.
It is also in line with the ministrys effort to boost sports science in the country and this includes the fight against banned substances in sports, said Azalina in a statement yesterday.
Malaysia have been a consistent contributor to WADAs fund for the last three years.