PSC ready to give PH’s 4×100 team its gold-medal bonus

PSC ready to give PH’s 4×100 team its gold-medal bonus
By: Peter Atencio(Manila Standard Today)

Philippines Sports Commission chairman Ricardo “Richie” Garcia said the agency is ready to give the national 4×400 meter relay squad the gold-medal incentive it deserves.

This come two weeks after the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne finally resolved Malaysia’s involvement in controversies, which cropped up in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games athletics meet.

The CAS has ordered stiffer sanctions on the Malaysian track head coach Harun Hasheed and six members of its 4×100 relay team that won the bronze medal in the games, for failed doping tests.

Rasheed was banned for 10 years by the CAS.

The New Straits Times of Malaysia also reported that six national sprinters, who took the bronze medal and skipped doping tests in 2011, were given suspensions ranging from 18 months to two years.

The decision by the CAS overturned the one-year ban handed out by the Malaysian Athletics Federation to Rasheed for telling the six athletes to skip the out-of-competition dope tests at the National Sports Institute on May 24, 2011.

In December last year, authorities in Malaysia complied with a SEA Games Federation order for 4×400 meter relay sprinter Yunus Lasaleh and weightlifter Firdaus Razak to return their medals on similar offenses.

Lasaleh, who is a member of the 4x400m relay team, earlier tested positive for the anabolic steroid metandienone when the games were held in Indonesia, and so did Razak.

Filipino sports officials are now awaiting word from Malaysia over the formal turnover of the gold medal to the Philippine team, composed of Archand Christian Bagsit, Julius Nierras, Edgardo Jr. and Junrey Bano,

“This (Philippine) team has already received their silver-medal incentive. But, we are ready to give them the full gold medal amount once we receive communications for the Philippine Olympic Committee over this,” said Garcia yesterday.

Garcia also discussed that no Filipino athlete has gotten involved in any scandal in recent stagings of the games, even in game fixing.

“If there is any truth to this matter, I hope it can be proven, and that the guilty party will have answer,” added Garcia, who said he received that an unnamed Filipino athlete was involved.