KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will go all out to ensure a zero doping incidence for the contingent at the Asian Games in Indonesia next month.
All athletes will undergo pre-Games testing and it is compulsory for them to declare all the supplements and drugs they have taken over the past six months.
The National Sports Council (NSC), National Sports Institute (NSI) and the National Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia (Adamas) will jointly run this initiative to ensure the athletes go to the Asian Games supported by a doping-free declaration.
“No athlete can escape testing for banned substances this time.
“This includes those who are based overseas and will be going straight to the Asian Games as we will ask for help from the anti-doping agency where they are training to test them.
“Even those who are not medal prospects will have to go through testing this time,” said chef-de-mission for the Asian Games Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Zabidi.
Malaysia have been hit by doping incidents in previous multi-Games they participated in.
Wushu exponent Tai Cheau Xien won gold in the women’s nanquan but had to return the medal after testing positive for the banned stimulant sibutramine at the last Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, four years ago.
Diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee had to return the two gold medals she won in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games last year after she also tested positive for sibutramine.
At the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April this year, it was weightlifter Mohd Fazrul Azrie Mohdad’s turn to be shamed after he tested positive for anabolic steroids.
Malaysia will be sending 447 athletes for the Asian Games, which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang.
A total of 40 sports will be contested this time.
There will be no centralised training camp for the Asian Games this time as most of the athletes are training overseas.
The flag handing ceremony for the Asian Games is expected to take place sometime early next month with newly appointed Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman in attendance.
At the last Asian Games in Incheon, Malaysia were ranked 14th with five golds, 14 silvers and 14 bronzes.