At least three athletes have failed a doping test recently conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
One of the three athletes is believed to be a Malaysian gold medalist, although there has been no mention of names.
The Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) carried out by the WADA accredited lab in India found the presence of banned substance in the samples of all three athletes. This was confirmed by the SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) Medical and Anti-Doping Committee Head, Datuk Dr. SS Cheema.
“We have received the AAF reports from the lab in New Delhi about a fortnight ago which confirmed the presence of the banned substance from three athletes who took part in the KL 2017.” Dr. SS. Cheema said, according to Bernama.
“However, we can not jump to a conclusion by saying all three are guilty until a thorough investigation is carried out by the respective parties,” he added.
According to Dr. SS Cheema, they will not reveal any names in order to protect the athlete’s and the country’s reputation. In addition to that, all three athletes will be given a chance to challenge the result of the test and appear before the SEAGF Hearing Committee.
“SEAGF will revoke the medal if any of the athletes are medal winners and the International Federation of their respective sport will decide on what course of action to be taken if any of them failed the dope test,” Dr Cheema further explained.