Heavy weight over lifters on dope

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  • Monday, 27 Jan 2020

PETALING JAYA: After the ugly events at the last Malaysia Games, which saw three athletes being caught for doping and the sport itself almost being kicked out, the Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF) are taking no chances this time.

If any athlete tests positive for doping, the national body will ban the entire state team from the 2020 Johor Malaysia Games (Sukma).

All weightlifters will undergo doping tests before the Sukma, which is scheduled to be held from July 11-19.

“If an athlete tests positive, his entire team will be banned, ” said MWF secretary-general Wan Mohd Hafiz Wan Izanatar.

“It’s a very harsh decision but we have to take it so that athletes and state associations will be more careful in terms of their preparations, including keeping an eye on medicines and supplements their athletes take.”

Hafiz said the decision was made at the MWF’s annual meeting (AGM) last month, to ensure the sport is clean of doping menace.

“We don’t want any more doping problems... this is a positive step to prevent the issue from recurring.

“We have already informed all state associations and they have agreed to it.”

The last edition of the Sukma in Perak two years ago was marred by doping cases after three lifters from the east coast tested positive for banned substances.

The doping cases almost saw weightlifting being kicked out of the Sukma programme before the MWF made an appeal and took serious efforts to combat doping.

Hafiz pointed out that MWF’s hard work to eradicate the menace is showing progress as they had no doping cases in 2019 and are continuing to work closely with the Malaysian Anti-Doping Agency (Adamas).

“In the AGM, it was also decided that athletes who tested positive for doping will have to fork out their own money to pay the fines... the fine can reach up to US$5,000 (RM20,325.94). The lifters face anything from a two-year suspension to a life ban. We hope the athletes will be more responsible after this, ” said Hafiz.

“We also have been testing every single weightlifter before they participate overseas. To date, our athletes have been clean.”

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