Long list of indisciplined athletes

KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 — Malaysian sport has been rocked by scandal since the 80s — at the Manila SEA Games.

The indiscipline of Malaysian sportsmen has generally been related to male athletes until the recent Malaysia Games (Sukma) where a female athlete-turned-team chaperone was apparently boozing before she claimed to have been gang raped by three handball players.

Among the past indiscipline among the athletes include staying out of the Games Village, violating curfew times, drinking, caught in discos during training camps, gambling, use of banned substances and match-fixing, to name a few.

Speculation of indiscipline among athletes continues to dog the scene but no action has been taken due to lack of evidence.

Here are some of the incidents that have tarnished the image of Malaysian sports in the past.

1981: Malaysian discus champion Danapal Naidu stayed out of the Manila SEA Games Village to be with his wife in a hotel and was sent home. Danapa was the national discus champion from 1960 to 2004 when he retired.

1984: National Olympic hockey players were alleged to have left their rooms at the Games Village for a night out during the LA Olympic Games.

1990: The domestic football scene was rocked by a match-fixing scandal resulting in more than 100 players and officials being banned and suspended.

1995: FAM banned six national players, who were competing in the Merdeka Tournament, after the players sneaked out of their training camp at the Wisma FAM way past midnight to go to a disco. The infamous "Disco Six" were Azman Adnan, Shamsurin Abdul Rahman, L. Suresh, Zami Mohd Noor, Assrof Hanafiah and Rizal Sukiman. They were banned for a period of between six months and a year for their lack of professionalism.

2002: Sepak takraw trio of Firdaus Abdul Ghani, Aznan Raslan and Hanif Azman were sent home from the Asian Games in Busan after failing a random dope test. They were slapped with a two-year ban.

2006: A match-fixing scandal in the M-League led to 18 footballers facing suspensions. The youth players were banned from playing for a period of between two and five years while a coach was booted out of the game for life.

2009: Two national hockey players attended training in the morning smelling of alcohol after a late night while three others returned to their National Sports Council accommodation drunk.

2010: Footballers Kamarulzaman Hassan, Azmin Azram Abdul Aziz and Mohamed Khalid Jamlus, dubbed the "Hard Rock trio", were slapped with a two-month suspension and a RM5,000 fine by FAM's disciplinary committee and they were dropped from the national team because of indiscipline.

2010: Ten national junior hockey players broke curfew to go to a dancing hall in Poland. The 10 players, known as "Disco Kids", were given a three-month ban by the Malaysia Hockey Confederation disciplinary board.

2012: A Malaysia Games silver medallist from Perak Firdaus James, 18, failed a drug test after his silver-medal effort at the Sukma in Kuantan when traces of an unidentified banned substance were found in his urine sample.

2013: National badminton players admitted to having indulged in late nights and gambling resulting in their poor outing at the Sudirman Cup.

Former athletics sports official Karim Ibrahim was punished with a six-year ban after being found guilty for his involvement in two separate doping scandals.

The Malaysian Athletic Federation (MAF) suspended Karim, who was the body’s deputy president from 2008 to May this year, with immediate effect. He is also banned from holding any positions at national or state levels. Karim is appealing his case.

Karim was investigated for allegedly supplying banned drugs to a gold medal-winning athlete at the SEA Games.

Mohammad Yunus Lasaleh, who was part of Malaysia’s victorious 4X400m relay team at the November Games in Indonesia, claimed Karim supplied him with drugs.

In 2011, six national sprinters skipped drug tests, allegedly after being told to do so by the then-national coach Harun Rasheed.

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