Female weightlifter tests positive for doping

KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s weightlifting scene has once again been embroiled in controversy after a female athlete tested positive for doping in October.

It is understood that the 22-year-old athlete tested positive for the banned substance sibutramine at the National Weightlifting championship which took place in Rompin, Pahang.

Malaysian Anti-Doping Agency (Adamas) director Azura Abidin who confirmed the matter informed that the agency had submitted a complete report to the honorary secretary of the Malaysian Weight-lifting Federation (MWF) via email last Tuesday (Nov 30).

“Adamas will only conduct a hearing session if the athlete chooses to be tried,” she said.

In September, the country’s sporting arena was rocked by a doping issue involving two national weightlifters, which led the MWF and the National Sports Council to dissolve the existing squad.

The decision resulted in all four coaches and 13 athletes having their contracts terminated effective Nov 1. — Bernama

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