It could be six golds for schooling

It could be six golds for schooling
National swimmer Joseph Schooling

There is a chance that Singapore swimming sensation Joseph Schooling could add to his haul of five gold medals at last year's South-east Asia (SEA) Games.

The New Paper understands that Indonesian swimmer Indra Gunawan, part of his country's 4x100m medley relay team which clinched the gold at December's SEA Games in Myanmar, has been disqualified by Fina (the International Swimming Federation) for testing positive for a banned substance.

Indra, along with compatriot Putera Guntur Pratama, tested positive for methylhexaneamine, following a doping test conducted after the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games held in Incheon, South Korea, last July.

On Monday, the Fina Doping Panel imposed a two-year ban on both athletes starting from July 1, 2013 - which means his SEA Games gold-winning feat is invalid.

Singapore's quartet of Schooling, Quah Zheng Wen, Clement Lim and Christopher Cheong finished second in the race, a whopping two seconds behind the Indonesians.


Indonesia's disqualification, however, is unclear at the moment.

Speaking to The New Paper on Tuesday, Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) secretary-general Chris Chan, said: "The result of the race stands until the South-east Asian Games Federation (SAGF) looks into it and decides otherwise.

"If Fina had suspended him two years since last July, then he should not have been at the SEA Games, but it's not clear why his ban was imposed so late.

"So, I can't say if Indonesia is disqualified from the event; I don't have the authority to say that."

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