HAFIFI IN HOT WA­TER

Weightlifter tests pos­i­tive for steroid

New Straits Times - - Sport - FADHLI ISHAK fadhli.ishak@nst.com.my

FOL­LOW­ING the dop­ing and rape in­ci­dents in­volv­ing na­tional divers as well as the vol­un­teer wheel­chair ten­nis coach jailed for sodomy with ball­boys re­cently, Malaysian sports suf­fered yet an­other heavy blow yes­ter­day.

The In­ter­na­tional Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IWF) an­nounced on Thurs­day that they have pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended na­tional weightlifter Hafifi Man­sor for test­ing pos­i­tive for the an­abolic steroid oxymetholone.

Hafifi, a gold medal­ist at the 2014 Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games, could face a four-year sus­pen­sion as oxymetholone is a per­for­mance en­hanc­ing sub­stance which boosts the pro­duc­tion of red blood cells and pro­motes mus­cle growth.

It is viewed as a se­ri­ous of­fence by the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) and it is placed un­der the S1 (an­abolic agents) cat­e­gory.

Hafifi, how­ever, has the op­tion to have his B sam­ple tested.

Malaysian Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion (MWF) pres­i­dent Datuk Ong Poh Eng claimed that the as­so­ci­a­tion are in the dark over the is­sue and will seek clar­i­fi­ca­tion from IWF.

“We only found out about this yes­ter­day. We are un­clear on the de­tails of when the test was con­ducted,” said Poh Eng.

“From what we un­der­stand the sam­ple was taken dur­ing an event in Mel­bourne in March, how­ever, this is some­thing I will have to con­firm with IWF and I will be con­tact­ing them.

“I met Hafifi to­day and he claimed that he did not take any­thing (with banned sub­stances). What­ever it is I have to get more de­tails be­fore we can de­cide on what fur­ther ac­tion to take.”

It is be­lieved that the urine sam­ple was taken dur­ing the Aus­tralian Open held in Mel­bourne in March, where Hafifi won the men's un­der-69kg class gold.

Hafifi could not be reached for com­ment, how­ever, a trusted source dis­closed that he is keen on hav­ing his B sam­ple tested.

Hafifi Man­sor claims he did not take any banned drugs.

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