Indonesia is on the verge of losing its Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games medals due to doping.
Two Indonesian swimmers, Indra Gunawan and Guntur Pratama Putra both tested positive for methylhexaneamine, banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, according to a letter from the Olympic Council of Asia last week .
Both were part of Indonesiaâ€™s swimming team at the 2013 edition of the games in South Korea between June 29 and July 6.
Indra won Indonesiaâ€™s only gold in the menâ€™s 50-meter breaststroke while Guntur was part of the menâ€™s 4x50m and 4x100m freestyle relay that won silver and bronze medals respectively.
Team Indonesia head Haryo Yuniarto said the team was notified by the eventâ€™s doping station on July 5.
â€śI wasnâ€™t convinced at the time. Then I asked the doping station to bring the test results to the event headquarters and a hearing,â€ť Haryo told the Jakarta Globe.
â€śThere was no error in the procedure as our swimmers signed doping test forms.â€ť
The OCAâ€™s doping commission sent an official letter to the Indonesia Olympic Committee (KOI) saying it required B samples for examination before confirming or negating the A sample results.
Usually, B sample tests occur if a banned substance is detected in an A sample.
The OCA will take no decisions while awaiting the results from the B sample tests and the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.
But as a precautionary measure, Haryo said the KOI has warned the Indonesia Swimming Federation (PRSI)to ban the two swimmers from all competition.
â€śThe decision depends on the level of the substance in the blood. Thatâ€™s why the doping committee needs to examine the B samples. After that, weâ€™ll have a disciplinary hearing,â€ť he said.
â€śWe have ordered the PRSI not to field the swimmers until a decision was made to prevent further damage even though we know theyâ€™re good swimmers.â€ť
Meanwhile, head swimming coach Albert Susanto said Guntur admitted to taking a supplement during the games.
â€śIt was an old product banned by WADA. Guntur bought it from a friend as it was cheaper. He didnâ€™t notice that it was an old [now-banned] product,â€ť Albert said.
â€śI did some research and noticed that many swimmers were banned for taking the substance and they get one- to three-month bans. So I hope … we can field them in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games.â€ť