Team Singapore

Doping rule tweaked for football

If a badminton doubles player or a member of a 4x100m relay team was found guilty of doping, the pair or team would have been disqualified and their results annulled.

But despite Tajikistan footballer, Khurshed Beknazarov, testing positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine after beating Singapore 1-0 in the group stage, the same did not apply. 

"Sanctions involving individual events are different from team events. For a team event like football - you don't disqualify the team... if it's just one athlete involved," explained Dr M Jegathesan, chairman of Olympic Council of Asia's medical committee and anti-doping commission. "If it's two or more (athletes found guilty), then that consideration will apply."

Singapore failed to advance from the group while Tajikistan lost to Iraq 4-2 in the Round of 16 last Friday. 

While the rule is not universal, Jegathesan said it is based on whether substitutions can be made.