Athletics: Two Malaysian athletes fail doping test

KUALA LUMPUR - Two medal-winning Malaysian athletes at last November's Southeast Asian Games will likely face a two-year ban and their medals stripped after failing second doping test, a top official said Saturday.

"They face a mandatory ban of at least two years and would lose their medals," Sieh Kok Chi, secretary-general of the Olympic Council of Malaysia told AFP.

Sieh said their "A" samples had tested positive for a banned substance in December and subsequently the "B" samples, confirmed the initial results.

"The pressure to win is so great. They think it is a risk worth taking. I am not shocked by their actions," he said.

The athletes names have not been revealed but it was earlier reported that one was a member of Malaysia's victorious 4x400 metre relay quartet and the other a weightlifter who took a bronze at the event in Indonesia.

Sieh said he expects the SEA Games Federation, which regulates the Southeast Asian Games, to order the athletes to return their medals.

Malaysia won 59 gold, 50 silver and 81 bronze medals at the games.

The last time action was taken against a Malaysian athlete for failing a dope test was in 2005, when weightlifter Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim was banned for two years after failing an out-of-competition dope test.