PETALING JAYA: The Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017 in August may have been a success in terms of Malaysia’s gold medal haul, but now one of those 145 medals has been tainted with by positive drug test.
This is because a Malaysian gold medalist is one of three athletes who tested positive for a banned substance, The Star reported.
This was revealed by the SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) who said they are still finalising the details of the tests but will only be able to reveal the identities of the three athletes later this month.
“I can confirm that we have three positive results. For now, we are not able to give out any details as there are some analysis that have not reached us.
“The Federation will release the findings soon,” SEA Games medical committee chairman Dr SS Cheema was quoted as saying by the daily.
He did not reveal the nationality of the two other athletes who tested positive but it is believed that they were from two separate countries.
The revelation also destroyed any hope by the Malaysian contingent to have a clean record in the SEA Games.
According to Star, the National Sports Council (NSC) and the National Sports Institute (NSI) are red-faced having been unable to emulate their achievement at the Singapore SEA Games in 2015 where no one tested positive.
This embarrassment to the two organisations is compounded by the fact that they had assured that no Malaysian would test positive under their zero-tolerance policy.
It was previously reported that almost 80% of the Malaysian contingent were tested prior to the SEA Games, which ran from Aug 19-30.
As per standard operating procedure in all sports competitions, the three athletes will have the option to request that their B samples be tested as well.
It is only after this course of action can the SEA Games Federation conduct a full inquiry and take further measures.
In the meantime, the athletes are likely to be suspended indefinitely until their case is resolved.