KUALA LUMPUR: A national weightlifter tested positive for banned substance stanozolol has been provisionally suspended.
The athlete, who used the anabolic steroid to enhance his performance, made his debut in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and won a bronze medal.
Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF) acting secretary Abu Hanapah Ismail said the athlete requested for his B sample to be tested on Thursday.
“It’ll take a minimum of seven to 14 days before we get the B sample result. We’ll announce his name if the sample also tested positive,” said Abu Hanapah.
“The disciplinary committee will take necessary action against him if he is tested positive.”
If guilty, the weightlifter faces a four-year ban and will lose his medal.
An internal testing was done before the Commonwealth Games by the National Anti Doping Agency of Malaysia (Adamas).
But the result only came out after the Games.
Weightlifting won two golds and one bronze in Gold Coast.
And Malaysian contingent returned with seven golds, five silvers and 12 bronzes.
Malaysian weightlifters have a history of failing doping tests and it’s one of the reasons why the sport was removed from the core sports programme under the National Sports Council (NSC).
Hafifi Mansor, the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallist, was tested positive for anabolic steroids at the Australian Open last year and he was recently banned four years for the offence.