In a devastating blow to Malaysian Sepaktakraw, 6 players and 3 officials have been suspended by the ISTAF for refusing to provide urine samples for anti doping tests during the recent Kings Cup tournament in Bangkok.
It is learnt that Takraw will now most likely be omitted from the much publicised and cash laden Podium Program.
The players were required to provide their urine samples but refused to do so and it's alleged that the 3 officials also did not cooperate with the anti doping agency that was entrusted by ISTAF to carry out the doping checks.
It is further learnt that those implicated have been informed and have a 14 day period to appeal against the suspension.
Going by WADA regulations, those involved can be suspended for 4 years or a minimum 2 years if the mitigation process is handled properly.
ISTAF will hold an inquiry once the 9 have provided their appeals to decide on the issue.
This is a bitter blow for Malaysia in preparation for the SEA Games and Asian Games.