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COACHES will be held equally responsible for doping cases involving athletes

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This was the message as the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) prepared for battle with the more advanced forms of doping in sport with the help of technology and strategic testing.

And so is Malaysia, at least as far as National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz is concerned, as the country is no longer considered virgin territory to performance enhancing drugs.

In fact, Dr Ramlan said, as long as there are positive cases of doping, there is a reason to be concerned, thus out of competition testing is vital to eradicate the menace of performance enhancing drugs.

It should be a collective responsibility. The coaches are the ones who prepare the athletes and they should know best what the athletes are doing and they cannot say they donít know anything because they will be held responsible, said Dr Ramlan.

He was speaking after the opening of the WADA Anti-Doping Education Symposium by Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The focus of the battle, said Wada Asia/Oceania director Kazuhiro Hayashi, should also be towards education, hence the theme of the symposium.

It used to be steroids, now it is gene doping, using growth hormones and such. So, we too have to constantly develop new technology to test for doping, said Hayashi.

The cases, locally, are alarming, although out of 400 athletes tested randomly during the Malaysia Games in June, only one positive case was found.

We cannot say it isnít a problem here yet. Because as long as there are positive cases, it is a problem because we donít want this type of cheating to be part of sport, said Dr Ramlan.(

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