Cambodian Athlete Expelled from Asian Games

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Cambodian Athlete, Yi Sophany, has been sent home from the Asian Games in Incheon after testing positive for banned substance Sibutramine. (Reuters)

PHNOM PENH, September 26, (Khmer Times) – Yi Sophany, an 18-year-old soft tennis athlete, was dismissed from the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, after she tested positive for a banned stimulant. 

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) issued a statement on Thursday that said the Cambodian athlete has been “disqualified” from the games and her accreditation had been withdrawn.

A urine sample taken during routine pre-tournament testing on September 16 was found to contain traces of Sibutramine, a weight-loss drug which is banned by virtually all governing bodies in professional sports. 

The news followed the banning of Khurshed Beknazarov from Tajikistan on Tuesday. The 20-year-old Tajik footballer tested positive methylhexaneamine, a chemical relative of amphetamines that is used mainly as a fat burner.

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