INCHEON, South Korea (AFP) – A Syrian male karate competitor failed a drug test at the Asian Games and has been kicked out, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said Wednesday.
Nour-Aldin al-Kurdi, the fifth athlete to be expelled for doping, tested positive for clenbuterol, which is widely used to build muscle bulk.
“The competitor has been disqualified from the competition as well as these Games,” said an OCA statement, released the day after a wushu gold medal-winner from Malaysia was expelled for a failed test.
Al-Kurdi, 19, won a silver medal in the men’s 70kg class at the Asian junior championships in Malaysia last month. None of the karate medal contests have yet been held at the Incheon Asian Games. The OCA said the failed sample was taken during training on September 25.
A Tajik footballer, a Cambodian soft tennis player and an Iraqi weightlifter have also failed tests, on top of Malaysian wushu champion Tai Cheau Xuen.
The 15-day Games have brought together 9,500 athletes and the OCA says about 1,900 will undergo drug tests.