MAF: Young sprinter found to be on two drugs

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  • Saturday, 11 Jan 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: A 17-year-old male sprinter has reportedly tested positive for two banned steroids after the Malaysian Closed Athletics Championships at the National Sports Council (NSC) training track in Bukit Jalil last August.

The student from Johor, who took part in the 4x100m in the meet, tested positive for methasterone and oxymetholone in his sample A testing, which was done in Doha, Qatar. Both steroids are banned drugs by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).

Methasterone, also was known by the name of Superdrol, is a highly anabolic drug to enhance strength while oxymetholone is an anabolic steroid to promote gain weight and muscle growth in certain situations.

Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president Datuk S.M. Muthu said the athlete could face a four-year ban for testing positive for the two banned steroids.

“We are surprised that such a young athlete tested positive for two banned substances. We called up the athlete on Dec 26 to ask how or who gave him the steroids.

“The boy, who was accompanied by his father for the hearing, said his coach gave him the drugs. The boy did not know the contents of the substance he took, ” said Muthu after having a meeting with the MAF Inquiry Board chairman Datuk R. Annamalai and also the MAF deputy president Datuk Mumtaz Jaafar.

The sprinter’s coach is a well-known national coach based in Johor. Muthu said the boy refused to have his B sample tested.

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