MAU to investigate source of leaked report
KARIM Ibrahim could face yet another inquiry after an investigative report on six national athletes who skipped dope tests last year was leaked to the media on Thursday.
The Malaysian Athletic Union (MAU) deputy president is already in hot water after facing allegations that he arranged banned substances to be provided to national athletes at Miri and Brunei training camps last year and that he ordered suspended former national coach Harun Rasheed to instruct six national athletes to skip dope tests last May.
Three of the six athletes were quoted in the inquiry report, prepared by MAU vice-president Datuk R. Annamalai, as saying that they used another person's urine sample for a medical test prior to having to go for the dope test.
They claimed they did so on the orders of Harun, who was then held responsible by the inquiry and banned for a year.
A source said MAU president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim indicated in a meeting with national coaches on Thursday that another inquiry will have to be set up to determine who leaked the report.
"The president told the coaches that only three people had a copy of the report.
"He said that besides himself, Annamalai and Karim also hold a copy and that an inquiry will have to be held to determine which of the two officials leaked the report," a person who was present at the meeting, told Timesport.
The Sept 27 report raised several issues that MAU will have to answer, chiefly, why was no action taken to prevent athletes suspected of doping from going to the Indonesia Sea Games in November where relay runner Yunus Lasaleh then failed a dope test.
Also, the report did not address why Harun told the athletes to use another person's urine sample or if other parties were involved.
After the athletes skipped the tests, it emerged that they had been taking unidentified coloured pills provided by Bulgarian coach Vasko Nedlyakov, while Yunus claimed he was injected with drugs by a Bulgarian doctor hired by MAU.
Yunus holds Karim responsible for his positive dope tests and MAU has asked the Olympic Council of Malaysia to set up an inquiry headed by former Court of Appeal judge Datuk V. C. George to probe the allegations.