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MWF Sets Up Committee to Investigate Firdaus Dope Case

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 FEBRUARY, 2012: The Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF) are ready to defend weightlifter Firdaus Abdul Razak who tested positive for a banned substance at the SEA Games in Indonesia, if there was proof that he was forced to consume the drugs.

Firdaus, 24, winner of a bronze medal in the SEA Games was one of two Malaysian athletes (the other is Mohd Yunus Lasaleh, a member of the 4x400m relay quartet) who had failed a dope test after Drotanolone Metabolite, a banned substance, was found in his B Sample.

Yesterday, the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) had confirmed that his B Sample had tested positive.

MWF President Zafarul Akhbar Kassim said the federation was ready to make an appeal to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) to try and reduce his suspension period if he was a victim.

"However, if Firdaus is proven guilty, we will not hesitate to take severe action in line with the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) recommendations, to serve as a lesson to the weightlifter," he told Bernama here today.

He said the federation would set up an investigation committee and call up Firdaus to give his statement.

"Since this is a serious case, I will act as an advisor to the committee so that the investigation can be completed within three weeks," he said.

Zafarul said MWF would ensure that Firdaus would return to weightlifting after serving his suspension, so as to not 'kill' his career.

He added that MWF would discuss with the National Sports Council, National Sports Institute and the OCM before making any decision.

- Bernama









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