Two Thai athletes including a gold medalist in pencak silat failed B sample doping tests from the August’s SEA Games which disqualified them from the medals.
SEA Games Federation president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar on Tuesday confirmed that Nurisan Loseng from the pencak silat women’s seni team and Benjaporn Sriphanomthorn, who won a silver medal in the women’s 10km marathon swimming event, had been disqualified. Malaysian diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee has also been disqualified following tests conducted during the Games four months ago.
The disqualification of Nurisan would mean her teammates Asma Jehma and Asma Wanchitnai will also be stripped of the gold medal won by the women’s seni team. The Vietnamese team, which originally won the silver, will be awarded the gold medals.
Despite the disqualification, Thailand would remain second in the Games overall medal tally with 71 gold (down from 72), 84 silver and 88 bronze, behind overall winners Malaysia, who won 144 gold.