Despite report of one Perakean athlete being tested positive for triamcinolone acetonide, the Perak government is of the opinion that there was no element of doping involved.
“The girl trained hard for the tournament, she deferred a semester to prepare for the recent Sukma Games (Malaysian Games). To see her name and reputation tarnished is uncalled for. Therefore, it’s the state government’s duty to defend her good name,” Howard Lee, Executive Councillor for Sports and Youth Development told reporters during a media conference at Impiana Hotel, Ipoh on Thursday, October 24.
Triamcinolone acetonide is classified as a S9 category glucocorticoid on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2018 list of prohibited drugs. The alleged athlete reported her injury on September 6 and received treatment three days later on September 9 at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, Ipoh. The medical officer administered an Intra-articular Injection on the athlete’s steniorcervicular joint using triamcinolone. The aim was to repair the injury and to reduce pain.
“I’ve spoken to her coach regarding the matter and decided not to subject her to undue stress. I’ll meet up with her soon,” said Howard.
According to Howard, an internal board of inquiry has been formed to look into the issue based on the anti-doping agency’s report. The result on the sample taken shows a content of 30ng/ml Triamcinolone Acetonide Parent, which is within the dosage allowed.
“We’re at the hearing stage, as investigation is still ongoing. Since the treatment received by the athlete is not against any anti-doping regulations, report about the judo exponent using a prohibited substance to enhance her performance is deemed untrue,” Howard insisted.