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INTERNATIONAL: STEROID USE AND MISBEHAVIOUR SCANDALS HIT BADMINTON
October 24, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - The sport of badminton, already suffering
from the economic problems facing the sport's heartland of Asia, was hit by
steroid use and player misbehaviour scandals early this week.
On Tuesday, October 20, the International Badminton Federation announced that
Sigit Budiarto of Indonesia, half of the world men's doubles champion pair of
Wijaya and Budiarto, had tested positive for nandrolone, a steroid on the list
of substances banned by the International Olympic Committee. The positive
result came from the first of two samples taken from Budiarto after he and
Wijaya had won the Singapore Open championship in mid-August.
As is the standard practice, the second sample will be tested in the presence
of representatives from the Indonesian badminton association and Budiarto.
If the second sample also tests positive, the international federation will
hold a disciplinary hearing to decide on a suspension for Budiarto.
The federation made the announcement in an unusual move, because the positive
test results had already become widely known outside the federation and the
Indonesian association. Positive test results are usually made public only
after both samples had been tested and found positive.
If the second sample tests positive, Budiarto will probably be suspended for
at least two years. This will knock him out of the 1999 world championships
and the 2000 Olympic Games.
Budiarto will also probably lose a two-year International Olympic Committee
training grant worth 1,200 US dollars a month. He was recently awarded the
funding in September under the Olympic solidarity program.
Earlier in the week, on Monday, October 19, two English badminton players
were penalized by the Badminton Association of England for damaging a utility
closet in a hotel bar washroom in the Netherlands during the Dutch Open
badminton championships two weeks ago. Peter Knowles was suspended until the
end of the year from the English team and had his funding from the association
cut off during the suspension period.
Colin Haughton was suspended until the end of November. He will also lose his
funding while he is suspended.
Knowles and Haughton were having a few drinks in a bar at the hotel where the
players were staying. They took a washroom break and opened a utility closet
from where they took brooms and other items to play a cricket game of sorts.
Cleaning supplies were spilled and scattered in the washroom.
The hotel management complained to the Dutch tournament organizers who then
notified the English team manager. Haughton then came back down to the
washroom and cleaned up the mess. He also apologized to the hotel staff.
According to a spokesperson for the English association, the two players
had been drinking but were not excessively drunk. However, the association
did not approve of such conduct and penalized Knowles and Haughton.
Haughton was meted a lighter suspension because he had tried to clean up
the washroom after the hotel management had complained.
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