National athletes to undergo doping test ahead of 2015 SEA Games

Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin revealed that all Malaysian athletes participating in the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore, will be required to go through a mandatory doping test.

The usual procedure only requires 30% of the contingent to be tested, though this time around, the sports ministry have taken the extra liberty of making it mandatory for every single athlete to undergo the drug test.

“I have ordered the Malaysian Anti-Doping Agency (ADAMAS) to conduct doping tests on every athlete going to the SEA Games,” he told reporters yesterday.

Khairy went on to suggest that ADAMAS improve its information technology management, to ensure that data collected by the World Anti-Agency (WADA) could be acknowledged more promptly.

This move is seen as part of the Youth and Sports ministry’s strong response to the doping saga involving Datuk Lee Chong Wei. The national badminton ace failed a doping test last year, and his future currently depends on the outcome of a BWF hearing that is scheduled for the 11th of April.

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