PUTRAJAYA: Yet another doping case involving an athlete who took part in the 19th Malaysia Games (Sukma) has been detected.
This was confirmed by Malaysian Anti-Doping Agency (Adamas) director Datuk Dr. Ramlan Abdul Aziz, making it four doping cases identified from the Sukma Games altogether – three from weightlifting and one from judo.
The number of athletes who have failed their dope tests however could rise, as there are still four more samples being tested further at the anti-doping laboratory in New Delhi, India, because of suspicions that arose which resulted in the laboratory requesting for more time to carry out further detailed testing on the samples even though the results were negative when tested first tested.
Ramlan informed that the latest case was detected involving a 21-year-old male athlete from Pahang and it is the second case for the athlete after first testing positive for an anabolic steroid in 2016.
“This time round this athlete tested positive for not one but two banned substances which are methylhexaneamine and dimethylbutlamine, a type of S6 category stimulant from the 2018 stimulant prohibited list.
“Adamas have already informed The Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF) and the National Sports Council (NSC) of this latest development for further action,” he said.
For the record, the two prior cases involved weightlifters from Terengganu, a male and female who are 18-years-old, both of whom tested positive for methylhexaneamine.
The Judo athlete is a 21-year-old female from Perak who won a medal that tested positive for triamcinolone acetonide, an S9 category glucocorticoids that is on the 2018 prohibited list.
During the press conference which took place at the Adamas headquarters here earlier today (Tuesday), Ramlan said that 176 samples from athletes who won gold and silver throughout this year’s Sukma Games were taken for testing.
Meanwhile in related developments, 992 tests were carried out throughout this year so far, yielding 13 positive results.
It involved eight cases from weightlifting, and one case each from football, athletics, swimming, bodybuilding and judo.
It showed a rise in positive cases as there were only five cases throughout last year.