PETALING JAYA: Top national pistol shooters Bibiana Ng, Joseline Cheah and Siti Nur Masitah will know their fate for testing positive for consuming illegal substances when the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) executive committee make their decision in Munich, Germany on Monday.
The three shooters were tested positive for propranolol, a banned drug, during the President Ally T.H. Ong competition in March.
All three shooters have been listed under the national team for the Korat SEA Games in November but their participation will depend on ISSF's decision.
The National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) are hoping that they will receive a light ban so they can take part in the SEA Games.
“All three can be banned for a maximum of two years but it will be backdated to March when they were tested,” said NSAM executive secretary Jasni Shaari during the SEA Games meet-the-press session at the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
“We are trying to be optimistic and hoping that they will only receive a six-month ban so that they can still take part in the SEA Games. If they get six months, the ban ends on Sept 21.
“If they get a one-year ban then they will have to wait until the end of March next year before they can take part in competitions again.”
ISSF's decision will also depend on the strength of the appeal letters sent in by the three shooters.
Meanwhile, NSAM are maintaining their four gold medal target for the biennial Games despite the possible absence of Bibiana, Joseline and Siti.
“We believe that there is enough quality in the team to deliver the four gold medals. Unlike the previous SEA Games in Manila, team events will be contested in the Korat Games.
“We should be able to do well especially in the skeet team events,” said Jasni.
The national shooting team best's SEA Games outing was in the 2001 Kuala Lumpur Games when they bagged eight gold medals.