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CYCLING: MNCF take hard stance after criticism


ITS latest high-profile doping case, followed by international criticism over the lack of doping controls in the Tour of Borneo, has irked the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) enough to call for immediate action.

Firstly, all MNCF-organised events, particularly the National GP Series, national championships and even junior events, are set to be subject to doping control measures in collaboration with the Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia (ADAMAS).

MNCF president Datuk Abu Samah Wahab said the MNCF had received complaints from teams following the Tour of Borneo, which was dominated by Iranian team Tabriz Petrochemical, who raised suspicion with their incredible performances.

"We don't really know why the organisers of the Tour of Borneo had not requested for doping controls to be carried out at their event, but next year, we will insist that it is compulsory before approving the event," said Abu Samah.

"We are worried about this rise in doping cases, so we are open to having doping controls being carried out at all our events if possible."

ADAMAS unit head Nishel Kumar said the agency is ready to collaborate with the MNCF.

"We now have the manpower to assist in carrying out more doping controls at cycling events. We must begin to expose cyclists to these controls from an early age, as part of the process of educating them," said Nishel.

Though heavily criticised over its lack of doping controls, MNCF anti-doping committee chairman Datuk Amarjit Singh Gill said Tour of Borneo organiser Bayu Millenia Sdn Berhad hadn't exactly breached regulations.

"Events are categorised under Class A and Class B events by the UCI (International Cycling Union). The Class A events are required to have anti-doping controls enforced by officials appointed by the UCI," said Amarjit.

"If the Tour of Borneo is a Class B event, they aren't subject to that requirement, but still they should have requested for the MNCF to assist them in having doping controls at their race."

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