Asian Games: Syrian Karate Fighter Expelled for Doping

Updated: 01 October 2014 14:15 IST

Nour-Aldin al-Kurdi, the fifth athlete to be expelled for doping, tested positive for clenbuterol, which is widely used to build muscle bulk.

Asian Games: Syrian Karate Fighter Expelled for Doping
None of the karate medal contests have yet been held at the Incheon Asian Games. © AFP

Incheon:

A Syrian male karate competitor failed a drug test at the Asian Games and has been kicked out, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said on Wednesday. (Day 12 Blog | Medal Tally)

Nour-Aldin al-Kurdi, the fifth athlete to be expelled for doping, tested positive for clenbuterol, which is widely used to build muscle bulk. (Read: MC Mary Kom Wins Historic Gold in Boxing)

"The competitor has been disqualified from the competition as well as these Games," said an OCA statement, released the day after a wushu gold medal-winner from Malaysia was expelled for a failed test. (Read: Sarita Devi Refuses to Wear Bronze Medal, Weeps on Podium)

Al-Kurdi, 19, won a silver medal in the men's 70kg class at the Asian junior championships in Malaysia last month. None of the karate medal contests have yet been held at the Incheon Asian Games. The OCA said the failed sample was taken during training on September 25. (Also Read: Malaysia Refuse to Return Doping Wushu Gold)

A Tajik footballer, a Cambodian soft tennis player and an Iraqi weightlifter have also failed tests, on top of Malaysian wushu champion Tai Cheau Xuen.

The 15-day Games have brought together 9,500 athletes and the OCA says about 1,900 will undergo drug tests.

Topics : Asian Games 2014 Other Sports
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