Iraq, Syria athletes banned from Asiad for doping
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The fourth and fifth doping cases of the Asian Games were confirmed Wednesday, with an Iraqi weightlifter and a Syrian karate athlete disqualified banned and kicked out of the event.
The Olympic Council of Asia said a sample taken from weightlifter Mohammed Jasim Abood al Alfuri on Sept. 14, before the games began, was found to contain etiocholanolone and androsterone. Al Alfuri did not win a medal and it wasn’t clear whether he was still in Incheon.
Al Alfuri was disqualified and the test findings forwarded to the Iraqi sports authorities, the Asian and international weightlifting federations, and the World Anti-Doping Agency for further action such as a potential ban.
Nour Aldin Al Kurdi returned a positive sample for Clenbuterol in a pre-competition test on Sept. 25 and did not compete at Incheon. The findings were sent to the Syrian and international karate federations as well as WADA.
Among the other three athletes kicked out of the games for doping violations was Tai Cheau Xuen, who returned a positive test after winning a wushu gold medal for Malaysia.