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Marathon Standard Chartered Singapore: Female Local Winner Suspended for Failed Drug Test, Sports News & Top Stories


Singapore's largest Singapore marathon Standard Chartered Singapore (SCSM) was suspended temporarily after failing to test drugs.

Lim Baoying was reported by the Athletics Association of Monaco (AIU), the results management authority of SCSM 2018, which approved the suspension to The Straits Times on Tuesday (April 30).

The sample Lim provided after December 9 SCSM tested positive stem modafinil, which is prescribed for people with sleep disorders to remain vigilant or improve focus, and is on the World Against Drug Use (WADA) prohibited list.

AIU, in response to ST's questions, said it would not provide details on the situation of the sea, as it is "an ongoing case". But its spokesman said: "We confirm that the athlete is temporarily delayed since 8 February 2019."

Lim, who is a doctor at the Angie Medical Center, explains to ST that she took the drug to combat drowsiness before the race, and announced it on the anti-doping form before submitting a urine sample, which is required after the race.

She added: "Then I checked the list of prohibited substances for the contestants, where I discovered that I had underestimated the rules of doping.

"Knowing this, I decided to give up my title as Singapore Champion of the SCSM 2018, long before the results of a urine test were known, it was an independent decision, made on my own."

She added that she did not make any claim for the $ 10,000 prize, and that she accepted the Judea and Samaria decision.

"I sincerely apologize for all the injured parties and for the good innocence that the wheelbarrow community has placed in me," she added.

Jim was a surprise winner at last year's marathon, 3hr clock 16min 36sec, before Rachel See (3:18:36), who was the top finish of the local woman of 2017, and Xuuying Ho (3:18:57). Lim has been running the SCSM almost every year since 2006, and its previous best finish was the fifth in 2017.

In her comments after the race, she said she was "untrained" in 2018, as she was juggling training with a master plan job she had pursued.

Geoff Meyer, managing director of SCSM Ironman Asia, noted the ongoing case and would not say what their procedures were in the case of a failed drug test.

"Ironman and the SCSM recognize and respect the process and the steps taken under AIU's authority and rules, and are no longer able to respond," said Meir.

Singapore Athletics President Tang Zhong Pei said that Lim informed him of her problem "soon" after the SCSM race.

Tang added that the national track and the field body helped her to submit documentation to the AIU, founded by the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) in April 2017 for the fight against drugs in sports. The AIU functions independently of the IAAF.

According to Tang, even if the AIU makes the temporary suspension of the sea permanent, the athlete can still compete with mass races such as the SCSM. Lim said that she is still a passion for running and hopes to continue to participate in mass activating the future.

"She will still be able to participate as a social runner," said Tang, who ran for the Treasurer in the last Air Force election in 2015 but failed in his bid.

"It's only that if she wins, she will not be eligible to receive the prize."

The Health Science Authority told ST that modafinil is a powerful drug not listed in Singapore and should be taken only under strict medical supervision.

"Improper use of modafinil by healthy people, such as staying alert or improving focus, may be harmful," the spokesman said.

"Modafinil can cause serious side effects such as heart problems, anxiety, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and toxic arterial infections, which are serious skin reactions that may be life-threatening. Mopinil also carries a potential risk of dependence due to its stimulating effects on the brain."

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