Malaysian sepak takraw players suspended for failing to take doping test

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Uh oh, looks like our national speak takraw team is in hot water.

The National Anti-Doping Agency has confirmed that six sepak takraw players and three officials have been suspended by the International Sepak Takraw Federation, after refusing to take a doping test.

They were supposed to submit their urine samples for the doping test during a tournament in Bangkok last month, but failed to do so. The suspension came after the officials also refused to cooperate with the assigned members of the International Sepak Takraw Federation.

The team and officials now have 14 days to make an appeal.

Under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), refusing or failing to submit to drug testing is a serious offence. Based on WADA regulations, this offence is punishable by either a maximum four-year suspension.