INCHEON, South Korea (AFP) – Malaysia’s wushu champion Tai Cheau Xuen on Thursday lost an appeal against a positive drugs test at the Asian Games as organisers pressed for the return of her gold medal.
A special division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport set up at the Games in Incheon, South Korea, dismissed an appeal by Tai, Olympic Council of Asia sources told AFP.
An official announcement was to be made later in the day.
Tai tested positive for the stimulant sibutramine after winning the gold medal on September 20. Both her ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples produced the same result, the OCA said.
Malaysia had protested her innocence and still has Tai’s gold medal. Games organisers released a copy of a letter asking Malaysia to give the medal back.
“The Olympic Council of Asia has informed us that the above competitor (Tai) has violated the rules. We hence would like to request the return of her medal and diploma,” said the letter, addressed to Malaysia’s Olympic committee.
Five athletes have failed doping tests at the Games and been expelled since it opened. The OCA says that a record 1,900 athletes out of some 9,500 in Incheon will undergo drug tests.
Malaysia made an appeal to CAS over the way Tai’s dope test was handled. Senior Malaysia officials said there could have been a mix-up in the handling of the samples.