KUALA LUMPUR: The FA of Malaysia (FAM) will conduct random dope tests during league matches unlike previously where such tests were conducted during finals of the League Cup, FA Cup or Malaysia Cup matches.
The FAM competition committee chairman Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar said FAM would also make it compulsory for new players to undergo dope tests before their registrations are approved.
In the past, dope tests were done during finals of the League Cup, Malaysia Cup or FA Cup but we may now conduct such tests frequently throughout the season, he said.
Raja Ahmad said some state FAs had also been conducting their own dope tests on players before registering them.
The new procedure may come into force as early as April when the second window for registration of players is open. New players will be required to undergo the dope test along with the compulsory Coopers Test, he said.
Raja Ahmad's comments come in the wake of a report that a Pahang player had tested positive for cannabis when he was detained together with several others in an anti-vice operation at several entertainment outlets in Kuantan.
News reports quoted Pahang FA deputy president Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah expressing shock and disappointment over the alleged incident.
Footballers are not only representing their states and country, they are also role models to the youths and they should not be involved in drugs.
As for the alleged incident on the Pahang player, I've not received any report yet, said Raja Ahmad.
If there is any truth on the alleged incident, we (FAM) will discuss it during our next competition committee meeting which is scheduled soon, he said.
He added that dope tests would be done with the co-operation of the National Sports Institute. Bernama