KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s top bodybuilder, who has been tested positive for doping, is set to lose his job with the National Sports Council (NSC).
This was announced by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Thursday.
He was visibly upset with news that two Malaysian athletes, including weightlifter Mohd Azril Huzairi Ramli, had failed dope tests recently.
“I am disappointed with these recent doping cases. We are practising zero-tolerance on doping and these athletes will have to face sanctions,” said Khairy.
The former bodybuilding world champion was tested positive for steroids during an out-of-competition test and has been provisionally suspended from taking part in any competitions.
Azril has also been provisionally suspended by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) after his urine tested positive for the banned substance D-methamphetamine.
Both athletes face four-year bans.
“It is silly of the weightlifter to take recreational drug. The prominent bodybuilder has taken supplements that contain steroid. Whatever the reasons, they have violated the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) code,” said Khairy, who added that the bodybuilder is a staff of the National Sports Council (NSC).
“This athlete has been seconded to the NSC. As our staff, we have to review his position. I will get our KSU (ministry’s secretary-general) to deal with him.”
Asked to name the bodybuilder, Khairy said that it was not his jurisdiction to do so.
“There is a procedure to be followed. The Malaysian Body Building Federation (MBBF) will have to conduct an inquiry and their disciplinary committee will have to meet to decide on the sanctions. The announcement has to come from them,” he explained.
Khairy also said that a new Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia (Adamas) head will be announced next week to beef up the independent body.
Nishel Kumar currently heads the unit.“Nishel will still be there, but we will bring in a new head. The new post will be similar in grade to the NSC’s director general. We have already identified the person ... he will be from within our set-up,” said Khairy.