Monday, May 19, 2014

Application To Reinstate Status Of USM Doping Centre By Year End - Khairy

GEORGE TOWN, May 18 (Bernama) -- The youth and sports ministry will apply to reinstate the status of the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Doping Control Centre (DCC) as international anti-doping laboratory by year-end.

Its minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) had pledged to give priority to Malaysia to restore its accreditation.

He said the ministry was still in the process of presenting a final allocation on the actual need to obtain the accreditation, in line with conditions stipulated by Wada.

"With the accreditation, we can conduct drug tests at USM, without having to send samples to other countries. This is important when we host the 2017 SEA Games.

"I have informed USM and the USM Doping Control Centre that our efforts to regain the accreditation from Wada should begin this year, so that we could obtain accreditation in 2016," he told reporters after visiting the centre here Sunday.

The USM Doping Control Centre was made the international anti-doping laboratory for 15 years before Wada suspended the centre's accreditation in June 2010 for non-compliance of International Standard for Laboratories (ISL).

USM's appeal against Wada's decision was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport based in Lausanne, Switzerland in June 2011.

Khairy said currently, all athlete doping test samples from Malaysia were sent to India and they were expensive, with one sample costing more than USD200 (RM650).

In this regard, he said the athletes for 17th Malaysia Games (Sukma) had started undergoing doping and alcohol tests and the ministry would also conduct random testing during the championships.

Meanwhile, Khairy said the Sukma secretariat had received all venues for the 17th Sukma in Perlis from May 24 to June 7, except the aquatic centre in Kangar.

"I visited the aquatic centre two weeks ago and found the swimming pool was almost ready while the diving pool was slightly behind schedule. On Tuesday, I will receive the report and we will decide whether to use the aquatic centre in Kangar or not.

"This is subject to the certificate of fitness issued by the local authority verified by the Public Works Department and the Malaysian Amateur Swimming Association. If approvals from the three bodies can be obtained, we will use the aquatic centre," he said.

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