KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian diver who recently failed a doping test at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games (KL2017), is now waiting anxiously for a date to be set by the lab in New Delhi, where the B sample will be tested.
Sea Games Federation (SEAGF) medical committee chairman Datuk Dr Surendar Singh Cheema when contacted, said: "It is a very simple procedure. The moment we got the athlete's A sample result, a letter was sent out, advising the atlete on the next course of action.
"Now if the athlete had decided to not be there (New Delhi), then it would have been a very straight forward process, but when an athlete chooses to be present to observe how the B sample is tested, then each party will have to agree on a date.
"The athlete is also allowed to bring a person along. As far as this case is concerned, the athlete has already requested to have the B sample tested, and we are now just waiting for a date from the lab.
"Usually, it would take anything between two-to-four days from the testing date, before we get the final results."
On Monday, the Malaysian sports fraternity were rocked by two major scandals (doping and rape) linked to the national diving team.
It was reported that the athlete, who could face a four-year ban if found guilty for consuming the ban substance (sibutramine), is also set to lose the gold medal won from the biennial Games in which Malaysia were crowned overall champions on 145 gold.
The case has hit home hard, especially when the National Sports Council (NSC) were so confident that no Malaysian athlete would fail the dope test at KL2017.
Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia (Adamas) unit head S. Nishel Kumar, when asked to comment on the matter added: "Together with the NSC, we have conducted test, seminars and so much more for all the atletes involved in the Sea Games since October last year.
"This is a very tough question, because we conducted our test in batches. The said athlete could have consumed the banned substance after testing negative."
It is understood that stimulants would stay in the body for at least two-three weeks while stronger substances such as steroids could remain in the system longer (months).
The athlete, an Olympian, was said to have tested positive after consuming slimming pills prior to the 29th edition of the Games.