KUALA LUMPUR: National athletes better show up for a seminar about doping on March 7.
The National Sports Institute (NSI) and the National Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia (Adamas) will hold a seminar on March 7 to inform the athletes about the latest list of banned substances.
It’s a timely move as the national athletes get ready to compete in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April and the Jakarta Asian Games in August.
NSI chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi said there were a few doping violations involving sibutramine, a substance commonly found in slimming products.
“It’s not a performance-enhancing substance but the athletes have tested positive and they still have to face the consequences,” said Azim, who is also the Asian Games chef-de-mission.
“We want to create further awareness and educate our athletes. The policy has always been zero tolerance for doping and that has not changed.”
Five doping cases were recorded last year involving Malaysian athletes in muay thai, diving, weightlifting and recently hockey, with national hockey goalkeeper S. Kumar.
Woman diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee had returned her two gold medals won at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games although she and Kumar are still awaiting the decisions on their doping violations.