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Singapore Powerlifting athlete, Luqmannul Hakim Bin Mohammad Amran has received a 1-year ban by the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee (NADC) for an anti-doping rule violation.

 

Luqmannul Hakim tested positive for 1,4-Dimethylpentylamine (1,4-DMPAfollowing an in-competition test by Powerlifting (Singapore) on 7 April 2018 at the Singapore Powerlifting Open 2018 where he won the Bronze medal in the Men’s Open Under-74kg competition. 1,4-Dimethylpentylamine (1,4-DMPAis a specified substance under category S6 (Stimulants) that is prohibited in-competition under the 2018 Prohibited List.

 

His period of ineligibility began on 7 June 2018, the date of the hearing decision. His competition results obtained on and after 7 April 2018 are disqualified and all medals, points and prizes are forfeited.

 

Luqmannul Hakim subsequently filed an appealed to the National Anti-Doping Appeals Committee (NAAC), to reduce the period of his ban. Following the hearing on 3 January 2019, the NAAC dismissed his appeal on the basis that the NADC had imposed a reduced period of ineligibility  according to the ADS Anti-Doping Rules that took into consideration (i) the strict liability requirement under the World Anti-Doping Code, (ii) that the Athlete had no intention to cheat, (iii) his young age, (iv) that he was relatively new and inexperienced in the sport, and that (v) he had attempted to check the supplement product’s ingredients against the Prohibited List. The NAAC also considered that he had not provided additional reasons to lessen the initial period of ineligibility imposed.

 

With this ban, Luqmannul Hakim is not allowed to participate in any form of training or competition at a competitive level in any sport – either as a competitor or a support role; whether paid or volunteered; for the stipulated period of the ban.