PETALING JAYA: Shooters Bibiana Ng, Joseline Cheah and Siti Nur Masitah have had their suspension reduced from a maximum of two years to one year by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).
The trio tested positive for propranolol during the President Ally T.H. Ong competition last March. The suspension rules them out of the Korat SEA Games in December.
The shooters had made an appeal to the ISSF earlier this month and the National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) had hoped that they would be slapped with a six-month suspension to enable them to compete in Korat.
“The shooters have been banned by ISSF according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) codes. The ban will start from the day the doping samples were taken from them and it will end on March 21 next year,” said the NSAM in a statement yesterday.
Despite the absence of Bibiana, Joseline and Siti, the NSAM are maintaining their four-gold medal target for the biennial Games.
Unlike in the previous Games in Manila, team events will also be contested in Korat and the NSAM believe that their shooters have enough quality to deliver the medals.