All national senior athletes should be aware of the various banned substances identified by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and must inform the National Sports Institute (ISN) if they wish to take any supplements, says Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said this in reference to the case involving national diver, Wendy Ng Yan Yee who failed a doping test due to the presence of Sibutramine in her system when competing in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017) in August.
“Each time there is a doping case, it is a lesson for us. I am worried because this is a repeat case. The substance Wendy Ng took is the same that wushu athlete (Tai Cheau Xuen) took at the Asian Games in 2014.
“The substance is for controlling body weight, not to boost performance and much explanation has been given.
“Wendy is not a new athlete but a senior one and has participated in the Rio Olympics, and she should have known better than to take supplements not issued by the ISN,” he told the media when met at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur FINA Diving Grand Prix (GP) at the National Aquatic Centre here today.
Khairy said any athlete found positive for doping, including Wendy, would be given the chance to defend themselves through their respective associations.
“I leave it to ASUM (Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia) to proceed with the next course of action,” he said.
At the KL2017 games, Wendy won two gold medals – the individual women’s 3m springboard and 3m synchronised springboard with Nur Dhabitah Sabri.
If found guilty, both medals won by Wendy will be confiscated by the SEA Games Federation (SEAGF).
ASUM however intends to appeal to the Malaysian Olympic Council (MOM) and SEAGF that only the medal won by Wendy in the individual event be taken back.