The Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017) Medical and Anti-Doping Committee is still waiting for a reply from the foreign athlete, who tested positive for use of a banned substance during the biennial Games. (NST file pix)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017) Medical and Anti-Doping Committee is still waiting for a reply from the foreign athlete, who tested positive for use of a banned substance during the biennial Games.

It’s head, Datuk Dr S. S. Cheema said the athlete concerned, the National Olympic Committee (NOC), National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and international sports federations had been notified of the matter six days ago.

“We are still waiting for the athlete to reply before taking further action. We have sent the letter through both email and postal service, so now it’s up to the athlete whether to challenge the B sample or not.

“Once we got the result from the lab in New Delhi through email on Aug 28, we discussed in our initial review committee and found there was no application for Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) from the athlete. So, there is no justification for the athlete to take the substance,” he told Bernama.

According to the WADA code, athletes can apply for TUE to take a substance under the prohibited list, if they are required to use the substance to treat an illness or injury.

Dr Cheema, who had earlier confirmed that a foreign medallist at KL2017 had been tested for banned substance, did not reveal the type of substance, athlete or the sport as it is against the protocol.

He said the hearing for the athlete would be conducted through Skype, before any sanction or decision could be taken, as the athlete and panel were from different countries.

With 804 urine and 32 blood samples taken for the doping test, Dr Cheema said the committee had received the results for more than 50 per cent of these samples to date.

“We are still receiving the results on a daily basis and we will have the full report once we receive all the results. I hope there will not be any other positive cases after this,” he said. - Bernama

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