Cyclist Fauzan sacked after testing positive for steroids
Track cyclist Mohd Fauzan Lufti has been sacked from the elite squad programme with immediate effect and he will also be suspended for two years for testing positive for anabolic steroids.
And the cycling career of Fauzan is as good as over as the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) will not tolerate anyone who chose to take a short cut to success.
The Anti Doping Agency Malaysia confirmed yesterday that Fauzan, who was part of the gold medal-winning side in the team pursuit at the 2005 Manila SEA Games, tested positive at the Mini Olympics Games last month.
Fauzan won the individual pursuit gold at the Mini Olympics and he was accepted back in the national elite programme based in Melbourne.
But he was hauled back after the doping test results were made known to the MNCF.
The MNCF deputy president, Datuk Naim Mohamad, said that they had to act immediately to protect the reputation of the sport.
“We asked the rider on Friday whether he wanted to put in an appeal after the A sample was tested positive. But he chose to rest his case and decided not to appeal for the B sample to be tested as well,” he said.
“He is no longer in the programme and his benefits have been withdrawn. We are waiting for the official letter and he will receive a two-year suspension in accordance with international rules.
“The MNCF’s stand and position is very clear. We have raised cycling to world standards on merit and we will not entertain those who want to join our ranks by other means.