2 SEA Games gold medalists among 5 Vietnamese athletes who failed doping tests

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By Lam Thoa October 13, 2022 | 3:06 p.m. PT

Athletes compete in the men’s 400m hurdles final at SEA Games 31 at My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi on May 17, 2022. Photo by Reuters/Jeremy Lee

Three more Vietnamese athletes have tested positive for banned substances, bringing to five the number of Vietnamese athletes who fail doping tests at Vietnam’s SEA Games 31.

The Vietnam Anti-Doping Agency notified the three new cases on Wednesday: one man and two women.

All five are on the Vietnam athletics team, including two gold medalists.

A source who did not wish to be named said VnExpress one won gold at the SEA Games for the first time while the other is a veteran athlete who has had great success at Asian tournaments.

The identity of the athletes should be announced by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The five athletes will undergo a second doping test, with samples taken from a laboratory in Thailand next month.

The athletes said they deliberately did not use any stimulants and that their positive tests could be linked to their diet or the use of antibiotics.

The names of athletes suspected of doping have been removed from a list to receive investment for ASIAD 2023 and the 2024 Summer Olympics. They could also have their SEA Games gold medals revoked and face penalties. long-term sports bans.

Vietnam has recorded 19 doping cases since the 2003 SEA Games. Most of the cases are due to a lack of minimal anti-doping knowledge and skills as the drugs used are common and easy to detect, such as diuretics or boosters.

The 31st SEA Games took place in Hanoi and neighboring provinces from May 12-23, 2021 featuring 40 sports, 526 events with over 10,000 athletes, officials and referees from 11 Southeast Asian countries. Vietnam participated with a contingent of 1,341 who won 205, 125 silver and 116 bronze medals to finish first overall.

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