SEA Games medallist tests positive for banned substance

Nigel Chin
Reporter
The 29th SEA Games concludes in Kuala Lumpur on 30 August. Photo: Fadza Ishak/Yahoo News Singapore

A non-Malaysian medallist has tested positive for a banned substance at the 2017 SEA Games held at Kuala Lumpur in August.

According to Malaysia news outlet The Star, Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary Low Beng Choo confirmed that the Games organisers were notified of the doping test result by the head of the Kuala Lumpur 2017 medical and anti-doping committee, Dr S. S. Cheema on Sunday (3 Sept).

The athlete and his or her sport was not named.

Low told The Star that she is “unable to give more details”, but confirmed the doping case.

“We are disappointed because we wanted this SEA Games to be free from drug cheats We’re only able to release information after following all proper procedures,” Low said.

“All we know is that a medallist has tested positive for prohibited drugs based on the Sample A. This athlete will be given time to request for Sample B and a hearing will take place after that.

“This procedure will take some time,” said Low.

Most medallists during the two-week competition were tested for banned substances. Random tests were also done throughout the Games, which ended on 30 August.

This is the latest controversy to hit the 29th edition of the Games. During the Games, host country Malaysia was slammed for printing an upside-down Indonesian flag in a souvenir booklet. The organisers also decried football hooliganism after Malaysia football fans called Singapore ‘dogs’, and allegedly beat up Myanmar and Indonesia fans.

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