National runner Ak Hafiy Tajuddin Pg Rositi at a training session yesterday at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas. Picture: BT/ Yee Chun Leong
It was a dark day for Brunei sports after London 2012 Olympian Ak Hafiy Tajuddin Pg Rositi was found guilty of doping.
In a press statement yesterday, the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BDNOC) said the national runner was "randomly tested and was found positive with Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF), with the presence of a banned substance Anabolic Steroids (19- Narandosterone) of Exogernous origin".
Ak Hafiy was randomly tested by the Southeast Asian Federation (SEAGF) Medical Committee straight after competing in the men's 400m event at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar last December, where he finished last in his heats with a time of 49.94s.
In a statement released yesterday, BDNOC president His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah stressed that athletes should stay away from doping.
"BDNOC is firm and adheres to the decision by SEAGF Council. We are not happy and cannot tolerate this incident," said HRH.
"We regret that this has happened despite my advice and warning against doping during the flag handing over ceremony prior to Myanmar SEA Games 2013.
"From now on BDNOC will be strict, athletes failing to comply with the doping test prior to regional or international games will not be endorsed to participate.
"Say no to doping if athletes want to take part in Games sanctioned by BDNOC. Athletes sanctioned for doping must respect and abide by the rules set by BDNOC," said HRH.
Ak Hafiy (pictured) has been sanctioned for two years starting from the date his 'A' Sample was reported to be positive.
The news comes as a shock to Hafiy and he pleads his innocence on taking any banned substances.
"I have been running for eight years now and have taken multiple tests with no problems," said Hafiy.
"I was confident after taking the test (during the SEA Games) that it would be fine and I was shocked to find out the results in January," he added.
"I don't know what happened as I take all my vitamins and medicines from SMRC. How can I afford any substances when I don't have a job and got no allowance?" said the 22-year-old.
Hafiy said he picked up a hamstring injury in November just a month before the SEA Games in Myanmar.
He sought medical attention immediately at the Sports Medicine and Research Centre (SMRC) of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas where he was given injections four times a week.
His personal best stands in the 400m at 48.67s which he set at the London Olympics back in 2012.
Hafiy is the second Bruneian to test positive for doping after top national cyclist Muhammad Raihaan Abd Aziz.
Raihaan was dropped from the team for the SEA Games in Myanmar.
Raihaan also pleaded his innocence and denied taking any banned substances and instead blamed it on "unfamiliar" supplements.
The cyclist was handed a two-year ban, running from January 25, 2014 to January 24, 2016, by the Brunei Darussalam Anti-Doping Committee (BDADC) Disciplinary Panel.