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Nuttapong doping case a setback for Thailand at SEA Games

Nutapong Ketin's doping case a setback for Thailand's swimmers at Southeast Asian Games

Nuttapong doping case a setback for Thailand at SEA Games

SINGAPORE (AP) -- Reigning 200-meter breaststroke champion Nuttapong Ketin's withdrawal from the Southeast Asian Games after testing positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol has been a major setback for Thailand at the start of the swimming competition.

Thailand chef de mission Thana Chaiprasit on Saturday said Nuttapong, who carried the Thai flag into the opening ceremony at the London 2012 Olympics, was staying in Singapore awaiting the result of testing on the B sample taken last month by the World Anti-Doping Agency before the team left for the games.

Nuttapong withdrew from the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and two individual medleys, causing team officials to revise down medal expectations.

The 22-year-old Nuttapong denied deliberately using Clenbuterol, and was quoted in Thai media saying the banned substance must have been in a diet supplement.


Updated : 2021-09-22 17:13 GMT+08:00