Indonesia Fights Doping on the Home Front
With Lance Armstrong facing the possibility of losing his seven Tour de France titles over doping claims, it has raised concerns about the use of performance-enhancing drugs worldwide, including in Indonesia.
Indonesia has a history of doping-related cases. The latest incident occurred at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta, when Arif Rahman Nasir was stripped of his gold medal in kempo, a martial art, after testing positive for steroids. He was banned from all competitions for two years.
In 2008, Roy Jody Jayakusuma, a weightlifter from Bangka-Belitung, tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the National Games. He served a one-year ban from the local federation.
To comply with the World Anti-Doping Code, Indonesia has its own anti-doping body, the Indonesian Anti-Doping Agency (LADI). The vice chairman of LADI, Haryo Yuniarto, said there had been several doping cases involving Indonesian athletes and the agency always came down hard to try and stop the practice.
“We have a list of doping cases in Indonesia and we have already slapped sanctions on athletes involved in the practice. We’re cooperating with the sports federations to fight the practice,” he said.
LADI now tests athletes, both in and out of competition.
“In the past, federations refused to take the tests as they weren’t given prior notice,” Haryo said. “How could we take samples if we gave them prior notice? We informed them that athletes might be given sanction if they refused to submit to random tests.”
Indonesia has an anti-doping lab in Jakarta, but it hasn’t been approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency. LADI sends its samples to a certified lab in Bangkok.
Haryo said LADI would continue to do everything in its power to fight doping in Indonesia, including at next month’s National Games in Riau.