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Two Athletes Banned for Anti-Doping Rule Violations


26 May 2017

Two Athletes Banned for Anti-Doping Rule Violations


Two Athletes Banned for Anti-Doping Rule Violations

4-Year Ban for Sri Lankan Powerlifter Susitha Sudam Suraweera

4-Year Ban for Para Athlete Muhammad Firdaus Bin Nordin 

 

The National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee (NADC) has banned Sri Lankan Powerlifter Susitha Sudam Suraweera and Singaporean Para Athletics athlete Muhammad Firdaus Bin Nordin for a period of 4 years each for violating the Anti-Doping Singapore (ADS) Anti-Doping Rules.


Susitha Sudam Suraweera, Powerlifting


On 5 November 2016, Susitha participated in the "Singapore Powerlifting Invitational 2016" and won the Silver medal in the Men's Open Under-83kg category. Following the competition, a urine sample collected from Susitha was tested positive for the presence of a prohibited substance - Methandienone (or Metandienone). Methandienone is a non-specified substance and an exogenous anabolic androgenic steroid under Category S1 (Anabolic Agents) of the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) 2016 Prohibited List. Susitha requested for his ‘B' sample to be analysed which subsequently confirmed his ‘A' sample result.


As he did not respond by the deadline (8 March 2017) to indicate his wish to attend the hearing, the hearing proceeded as scheduled on 21 March 2017. Based on the evidence provided by ADS and his written response, the NADC decided that Susitha had violated Article 2.1 of the ADS Anti-Doping Rules (viz. the Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete's Sample) and sanctioned him with the period of ineligibility of 4 years. In accordance with Article 9 of the ADS Anti-Doping Rules, the Silver medal won by Susitha in the "Singapore Powerlifting Invitational 2016" is invalidated and all points and prizes are forfeited.


Muhammad Firdaus Bin Nordin, Para Athletics


Firdaus was arrested by Police Officers on 2 February 2015 and subsequently charged in court, convicted and sentenced to prison for the offences of consumption and possession for the purpose of trafficking of Methamphetamine, both of which are offences punishable under Singapore's Misuse of Drugs Act, by Singapore's District Court on 20 May 2016. His appeal against the trafficking charge was dismissed by the Singapore High Court on 21 October 2016. Methamphetamine is a banned substance under the WADA's 2015 Prohibited List (Category S6 - Stimulants).


At the material time of the offence, Firdaus was a national athlete from the sport of Para Athletics and was training in preparation for the 8th ASEAN Para Games held in Singapore from 3 to 9 December 2015.


In the course of investigations by the Police, Firdaus admitted to consuming "Ice" (a street name for Methamphetamine) to accelerate his getting back into shape in time for the 8th ASEAN Para Games, and also to selling "Ice" as a form of income. Trafficking of Methamphetamine is an anti-doping rule violation. The requisite Notice of Charge was served on 9 February 2017 through the Superintendent of Prisons by registered mail, with the hearing set for 4 April 2017.


Currently serving his imprisonment for the offences committed, the hearing went ahead as scheduled on 4 April 2017. In his written letter, Firdaus admitted to the charge of Article 2.7 of the ADS Anti-Doping Rules (viz. Trafficking in any Prohibited Substance or Method) and pleaded for leniency regarding his period of ineligibility. Taking into consideration all the facts and circumstances of the case, the NADC sanctioned Firdaus with the minimum period of ineligibility of 4 years, commencing from the date he was convicted in court, namely on 20 May 2016.


Susitha will be banned till 18 January 2021, while Firdaus will be banned till 19 May 2020. During the period of the ban, both athletes are not allowed to participate in any form of training or competition at any competitive level in any sport - either as a competitor or in any support role; whether paid or not, for the stipulated period of the ban. The ban also extends to administrative activities, such as serving as an official, coach, team manager, director, employee, volunteer, etc of any National Sports Association or event organisation.