Karim Ibrahim completes his testimony in runner Yunus’ doping case.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Athletic Union (MAU) deputy president Karim Ibrahim has testified in an inquiry that there was a conspiracy to blame him for the doping of SEA Games athlete Mohd Yunus Lasaleh.
Describing the allegation as “false, mischievous, calculated, and organised”, he denied that he instructed Bulgarian doctor Gueorgui Ananiev Baldjiysky to administer banned drugs on Yunus to enhance his performance in the 4×400-metre relay at the SEA Games in Palembang last year.
Yunus was the fourth runner in the team. Malaysia won the gold medal for the event, but was stripped of it after doping tests confirmed the presence of banned drugs in Yunus.
Karim testified yesterday and today before the independent panel, composed of former Appeal Court judge VC George and senior lawyers WSW Davidson and Vinayak Pradhan.
He said he never spoke to Dr Baldjiysky about administering pills or injections on Yunus.
He told the panel that the doctor, who joined the Malaysian contingent at at the invitation of head coach Harun Rasheed, was in direct communication with the athletes.
The coach for the relay team was K Jayabalan.
Karim said all four runners sought treatment from Dr Baldiysky, adding that Jayabalan supported the consumption of medication prescribed by the doctor.
Speaking to FMT after concluding his testimony, he said he submitted to the panel the doctor’s affidavit, affirmed last Jan 23.
According to Karim, Dr Baldiysky made the following points in his affidavit:
- He never acted on any instruction from Karim or told him that he could provide performance-enhancing drugs.
- He served the Malaysian athletes strictly as a physician looking after their health and catering to their medical needs.
- He administered on Yunus anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medications, muscle relaxants and multivitamins.
- In his entire career, he has never given any banned substance to any athlete anywhere.
- He paid for his air tickets, accommodation and medication when he served the Malaysian team.
- He is sad that the coaches and athletes he served have chosen to abuse him with deplorable allegations.
Last Feb 13, 42 athletes and 16 coaches signed and submitted a 23-page petition to MAU president Shahidan Kassim, alleging that Karim was the cause of the MAU’s problems and calling for his dismissal.
Also in February, Yunus lodged a police report saying Dr Baldjiysky had injected him with banned drugs and claiming that Karim was responsible.
After the scandal broke, MAU suspended Yunus for two years.