It has been reported that the organisers of the Asian Games have expelled Malaysian Wu Shu competition champion, Tai Cheau Xuen from the games because she has been tested positive for doping.
Tai, 24 who won Malaysia’s first gold medal at the Asian Games at the women’s nanquan and nandao all-round event on 20 September 2014 has been tested positive for the banned stimulant, sibutramine, according to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) statement on Tuesday.
Sibutramine is a dietary supplement used to lose weight and control weight gain. The drug has been banned in many countries as it has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke.
“The competitor has been disqualified from the competition as well as these Games, and as such her accreditation cancelled and her medal withdrawn,” based on OCA statement as published on NDTV Sports.
OCA also said that this is the second time the substance has been detected at the Games, where 9,500 athletes are taking part.
According to The Times of India, OCA anti-doping chief, M. Jegathesan said “I don’t think there was ever any intention to use these to cheat, but we cannot make an exception to the rule simply because we are sympathetic. We have a job to do, to protect the clean athlete.”
So far, Tai is the first medal winner from Malaysia to be caught for doping in Asian Games history.
Malaysia’s chef de mission Datuk Danyal Balagopal said that the team would appeal the case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport once they have received the official notification, The Star reported.