Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WUSHU: Tears of disappointment

NATIONAL wushu coach Yoong Thong Foong has revealed that Tai Cheau Xuen could not hold back her tears when it became official that the exponent was tested positive for the banned stimulant sibutramine at the Incheon Asian Games.

“On the day Cheau Xuen won the gold, I was the happiest person as she had struggled for many years to master wushu,” said Thong Foong in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

“But later when it was confirmed she had failed the dope test, she was crying. I couldn’t believe something like that would happen.”

“Cheau Xuen is one of my most talented exponents. She has been an exponent for more than a decade. In training she is very dedicated and does not miss training.”

Cheau Xuen is recovering from various injuries and is currently seeking treatment in Negri Sembilan. The exponent stands to be banned for two years by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Regarded as one of the best in the world in the taulo discipline, Cheau Xuen has won medals in several priority tournaments.

The 23-year-old’s best achievement was winning gold in the nanquan discipline at the World Championships in Kuala Lumpur last year. She has been in the national team since 2007.
According to Thong Foong, he made sure his exponents did not consume food and drinks that have banned substances before the Asian Games.

“I monitored their food intake for several months. We were in China for a training stint for one month before returning to Kuala Lumpur for a team building event organised by the National Sports Council (NSC).

“Cheau Xuen may have consumed something unintentionally without checking with us.
“I am still dumbfounded as sibutramine does not give advantage to exponents in competitions. It is for weight loss,” said Thong Foong, who has been the coach since March 2003.

The coach said he is still waiting for something official in regard to Cheau Xuen’s suspension from the International Wushu Federation (IWF).

“It is two years for a first-time offender. I do not want to comment about it yet but I hope Cheau Xuen will not lose hope.

“I hope she will continue training on her own and return with a bang for the 2017 Sea Games in Kuala Lumpur,” Thong Foong added.

Cheau Xuen is still part of the national team until her suspension is confirmed.


By AJITPAL SINGH - NST

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