Bodybuilding: Rano and ADS on collision course

Bodybuilding: Rano and ADS on collision course
SBBF president Rano Izhar Rahmat (above), defends Shaifulhaq Ahmad Ishak's participation in the nationals.

SINGAPORE - He counselled the athlete, felt he had learnt his lesson, and decided to lift his ban.

Singapore Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (SBBF) president, Rano Izhar Rahmat, told The New Paper that he had given the green light for banned bodybuilder, Shaifulhaq Ahmad Ishak, to compete in last month's National Championships.

Shaifulhaq was one of seven bodybuilders who tested positive for banned substances at last year's national championships.

He was given a two-year ban by Anti-Doping Singapore (ADS) - a subsidiary of the Singapore Sports Council - last August.

The ban was scheduled to end in September next year but, after serving just 11 months, Shaifulhaq, a 32-year-old personal fitness trainer, competed in the SBBF-sanctioned event at the Singapore Expo on June 29.

But, according to ADS, the SBBF chief has no jurisdiction to lift such a suspension.

In a response to TNP queries, Yeo Say Po, general manager of ADS, said: "Under ADS Anti-Doping Rules, the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee (NADC) decides on the sanctions on athletes who have violated the doping rules and regulations.

"The respective NSAs (National Sports Association) must implement the sanctions accordingly. All athletes were given a period to appeal to the appeals committee following NADC's decision.

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