Bandar Seri Begawan: A local athlete has been dropped from the Brunei Darussalam SEA Games contingent after the athlete was allegedly found using banned substance and then violated his suspension by quietly competing in a regional competition recently.
Without any compromise on doping, the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council as the main sport body of the country will be sending a report of the serious matter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Olympic Council of ASIA (OCA) and the sport bodies as well as anti-doping body.
The action of the concerned athlete was revealed by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah, the President of Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council in his sabda warning all athletes on the serious repercussion in doping during the handing-over of the national flag to the Brunei Darussalam contingent to the 27th SEA Games to be held in Myanmar from Dec 11-22.
The name of the concerned athlete and also from which sports was not mentioned.
HRH Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah said: "Serious punishment has been set by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), South East Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization (SE-ASIA-RADO) and the Anti-Doping Committee of Brunei Darussalam is public knowledge and much more so for athletes."
"What is disappointing to me is that there is still an athlete who wants to take the risk that doesn't benefit any parties. What even more disappointing is that the concerned athlete quietly took part in a regional competition after being advised not to do so by the Brunei Darussalam Anti-Doping committee. This is a violation of discipline that is set by the executive committee on assessment and selection committee on national athletes," HRH Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah added.
Following the action by the athlete, His Royal Highness revealed: "The athlete was dropped from the national SEA Games contingent. In addition, the concerned athlete will also face serious repercussion either from the anti-doping body or from the concerned sport body."
His Royal Highness also stated that Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council will not tolerate the incident and will be sending a report of the serious matter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Olympic Council of ASIA (OCA) and the sport bodies as well as anti-doping body. And that this is a very serious issue therefore it needs to be handled seriously.
The President of Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council hoped that the case will serve as a lesson and reminder to athletes to be wise in making decisions. His Royal Highness called on all athletes 'To Say No To Doping', protect our pride, family and Brunei Darussalam. Compete in the right and healthy way and don't waste the sacrifice and training that have been carried out for many years. Meanwhile, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Hj Abdullah, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in his welcoming remark also shared the concern of His Royal Highness by saying he would like to remind athletes not to use any banned substance that can cause disqualification and banned from any competition.
The Government of His Majesty through the anti-doping committee, he said "will continue its effort to combat the use of banned substances in sport and committed to increase understanding on anti-doping as stated in the Johannesburg Declaration, World Conference on Doping in Sport, South Africa on Nov 15, 2013 recently."
He also advised the athletes "don't ever try to take or use any unidentified medicine or substances. Please get the confirmation from sport doctor before taking any medicine." Brunei Darussalam will be sending a huge contingent of 101 members comprising 61 athletes to compete in 10 sporting events. The sporting events are cue sport, karate-do, athletics, pencak silat, petanque, sepak takraw, taekwondo, wushu, football and cycling.
The contingent will leave for Myanmar in four separate flights on Dec 2, 6, 8 and 10.