Kuwait: The efforts of the Medical Committee & Anti-Doping Commission of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in close collaboration with the Anti-Doping Committee of IAGOC in executing the Anti-Doping Program at the recently concluded 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Incheon 2013, Korea, has resulted in the detection of 5 athletes who tested positive for prohibited substances as per the WADA list, 2013.
The 5 cases detected during the games were
1. Ms. SEIFABADI, Mastaneh from the Islamic republic of Iran, who participated in the Females’ 51 Kg Muay Quarterfinals competitions. She tested positive for Drostanolone , a banned substance under the class of Anabolic Agents (S1).
2. The 2nd and 3rd positive cases involved two roommating swimmers from Indonesia who tested positive for Methylhexaneamine; a banned substance under the class of ‘specified stimulants’ (6.b). They were gold Medalist in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke, Mr. Gunawan, Indra; and Silver medalist in the Men’s 4x50 Freestyle Relay, Mr. Pratama, Putera Guntur..
3. The 4th positive case was Mr. Theweni Jarah RR from Kuwait, who participated in Kickboxing event. He tested positive for the diuretics, Amiloride & Hydrochlorothiazide.
4. The final case was Ms. Kuanysheva, Zhadyra from Kazakkhstan who participated in the Kickboxing event. She test positive for the diuretic, Furosemide .
All the above aforementioned athletes were subjected to the prescribed OCA disciplinary proceedings including fair hearing sessions. and it has been determined that all the five athletes committed violations of Anti-Doping Rules; and the appropriate sanctions have been taken against them , including disqualification from the Games nullification of results.
The two medallists amongst them namely the two Indonesian swimmers have had their medals withdrawn The officila results of the Games will be adjusted accordingly. These findings will be forwarded to the athlete’s national authorities, the concened International and Asian Federations, and the World Anti-Doping Agency for further action on their part, including determination of the period of ineligibility for further competitions.
These cases reflect the seriousness of the OCA’s drive for clean games and will certainly be carried through to all of its series of events.
Dr. M. Jegathesan
OCA Medical Committee & Anti-Doping Commission