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More Doping Tests At KL2017

Last update: 13/08/2017

By R. Vikneswaran

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 (Bernama)-- More drug tests will be carried out in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games including blood screening that was introduced at the Singapore Games to weed out cheats.

The over 4,000 athletes from the 11 countries will face advanced anti-doping technology similar to the Olympic drug testing standard, according to the man in charge, Datuk Dr S. S. Cheema, who heads the Kuala Lumpur 2017 medical and anti-doping committee.

"There is no way to escape because we will test both urine and blood samples. Once the athletes check into their hotels, we will start to conduct random tests or out of competition test at any time. Medal winners will be tested 100 per cent," he told Bernama before the official opening of the Games on Aug 19.

The number of tests will be higher this time because Malaysia are hosting 38 sports with 404 events compared to 36 sports and 402 events in Singapore, said Dr Cheema.

However, he declined to reveal how many sample tests would be carried out compared to the 600-plus conducted by the island state.....