Friday, May 31, 2013

Anti-Doping: Harun Rasheed Banned 10 Years, Six Sprinters Suspended Between 10 And 24 Months

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 (Bernama) -- Former national athletics coach Harun Rasheed Othman was banned from taking part in any sports activeity for 10 years while six national sprinters were handed suspensions of 18 and 24 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

They were handed the punishment for absconding from turning up for anti-doping tests by the National Sports Institute (NSI) here on May 24, 2011 before going overseas for training and competitions.

Prior to this, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had hauled up Malaysian Athletics Union (MAU) to CAS after the governing body for athletics in Malaysia only gave stern warnings to the six sprinters.

MAU also handed a one-year suspension to Harun Rasheed after finding that he was the mastermind behind the disappearance of the six to Bulgaria to avoid taking the anti-doping tests by NSI.

MAU president Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said the CAS handed Norjannah Hafiszah Jamaludin, Nurul Sarah Abdul Kadir, Mohamad Noor Imran Hadi, Siti Zubaidah Adabi and Yee Yi Ling handed 24-month suspensions while Siti Fatimah Mohamad was suspended for 18 months, all effective May 24.

Siti Fatimah's punishment was lighter because she furnished evidence relating to the case, he told reporters at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil here Thursday.

Meanwhile, CAS banned Harun Rasheed from taking part in any sports activity for 10 years backdated to Sept 12, 2011, Zainal Abidin told reporters when met at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil here today.

Besides the bans, Zainal Abidin said MAU was also ordered to pay costs amounting to CHF5,000 (five thousand Swiss francs) (RM15,993) to the World Anti-Doping Agensi (WADA).

All the six sprinters and the coach have been informed about the suspensions.

On other matters, Zainal Abidin said MAU had chosen Kuala Terengganu for one-month centralised training of its Myanmar SEA Games-bound athletes in November.

He added that MAU would also be seeking funding to upgrade stadiums nationwide.

-- BERNAMA

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