3 Omani bodybuilders caught for doping at Muscat Beach Games

Nasser al Maskari, Waleed al Hasani, Kamil al Muqaimi

Muscat - 

Three Omani bodybuilders have failed the dope tests that were conducted during the second Asian Beach Games in Muscat last month, according to the World Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Federation (WBPF).

Silver medallist in the 75kg category Nasser al Maskari, bronze medal winner in the 80kg category Waleed al Hasani and fifth-place holder in the 60kg category Kamil al Muqaimi failed the tests during the December 8-16 event.

Iraq's Hasan Shuraiji, who was fourth in the 65kg event, was the other bodybuilder who failed the tests. All four have been disqualified and their results annulled, the WBPF said. The WBPF, which organised the competition along with the Asian Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (ABFF), also confirmed that the medals of the two Omani winners have been withdrawn, as per the rules of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

The WBPF has accordingly amended its scoresheets and released a new list of medal winners in the respective events. Following the development, only Issa al Hasani (85kg, gold) and Anwar al Balushi (80kg, silver) remain as Oman's medal winners in bodybuilding.

The disqualifications mean that Oman's final tally at the Games is now 13 medals, including five gold, two silver and six bronze. However, Oman remains third overall in the standings as fourth placed Iraq has three gold medals and a total of seven.

Prior to the Games, the WBPF had made it mandatory for all the competing bodybuilders to undergo dope tests as part of its efforts to make the sport cleaner.
Confirming the development, Datuk Paul Chua, WBPF and ABBF secretary-general, told Muscat Daily from Singapore, “These athletes are cheats and they are not members of WBPF or ABBF. They belong to the IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness) and this is solid proof that the IFBB does not care for their athletes.

“We regret that the Omani and Iraqi federations are not members of our ABBF/WBPF as they belong to the IFBB. We are unable to suspend them under our rules for a period of two years. These two countries did not submit their doping papers during registration, and this is the outcome. Iraq joined us after the competition was over. We have to send a strong signal to them that we will not tolerate doping in our sport.”
Chua added that he felt let down by the Omani officials after the bodybuilders were allowed to participate in the Games, despite their not being members of ABBF/WBPF. The Omani officials were barred though, as Muscat Daily reported on December 1, 2010.
“Indeed, it was a special case to include Oman's athletes through their Olympic committee,” Chua said. “We sportingly made way for them to participate in order to show the world that we are sportsmen in the true sense.  They have not shown any interest in returning to our fold, but our doors are always open because we do not want them to be misled by people or to miss the harmful effects of taking drugs. Drugs are not a thrill, they kill. This is a great pity.”

When contacted by Muscat Daily, Saif bin Matar al Auladthani, Oman Bodybuilding Committee chairman, said, “We have not received any official letter from the Olympic Council of Asia regarding the dope tests. I do not have anything else to say.”

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