Malaysian diver fails SEA Games doping test, to lose gold medals

Wendy will be stripped of the gold medals she won at KL2017. — Malay Mail pic
Wendy will be stripped of the gold medals she won at KL2017. — Malay Mail pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 — The South-east Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) today revealed that three athletes including Malaysian gold medal diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee failed doping tests at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games (KL2017).

Besides Wendy, two Thai athletes — Nurisan Loseng ( Pencak Silat) and swimmer Benjaporn Sriphanomthorn also failed the ‘B sample’ test conducted recently.

SEAGF president Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar said their victories and the medals would be withdrawn.

“They will be disqualified in all events and the medals will be taken away from them.

“If they won gold, the winner of the silver medal will be announced as the winner and will be given the gold medal,” he told a press conference here, today.

Wendy will be stripped of the gold medals she won at KL2017, in the women’s 3m springboard individual and 3m springboard synchronised event with Nur Dhabitah Sabri.

For the women’s 3m springboard individual, Nur Dhabitah who finished in second place will be awarded the gold medal while as for the 3m springboard synchronised, the gold medal goes to Singapore’s pair Ashlee Tan Yi Xuan and Fong Kay Yian.

Nurisan, who helped her team win gold in women’s team art event has to give way to the silver medallist from Vietnam.

Benjaporn also loses two silver medals, in the 10km open water swimming and 4x200m team relay event.

Singapore’s Chantal Liew is awarded the silver medal in the 10km open water event while the Philippines’ relay team is promoted to win silver in the 4x200m.

All three athletes had tested positive for the banned substance sibutramine by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at its laboratory in New Delhi on Oct 11.

Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant which is commonly found in weight loss supplements. — Bernama

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