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    PH relay team to be awarded gold after rivals flunk drug test

    Jul 19, 2012

    THE PHILIPPINES stands to receive another gold medal from the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia after Malaysia was officially stripped of victory in athletics over a positive drug test.

    Philippine Olympic Committee sport and rules committee head Jeff Tamayo said the Southeast Asian Games Federation has stripped the Malaysian 4x400-meter relay team of its gold medal after one of its runners tested positive for a banned substance.

    The Philippine team placed second in the event held in Palembang, Indonesia.

    “It was taken up in the SEA Games Federation Council meeting,” said Tamayo, who attended the SEA Games Federation conference in Myanmar.

    “It’s in black-and-white already and we are just waiting for the official word from the Indonesia organizing committee to award the gold to the Philippines,” said Tamayo in Thursday’s POC radio program on DZSR-AM.

    The gold medal should raise the Philippines' gold collection to 37 from the 2011 SEA Games.

    In a report by the Agence France Press in January, Malaysia sports minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek was quoted as saying that the 4x400m team’s ‘A’ samples tested positive for banned substances.

    A Malaysian weightlifter who won a bronze also tested positive for banned substances, according to the AFP report.

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