Saturday, June 15, 2013

Silat exponent Saiedah Said banned during the recent National Pencak Silat Championships

Saiedah Said / Photo Credit:

Something I don't read about every day, or even every once in a while ... a silat player banned from competition!

First up, let's "meet" the Silat player.

Copied from 2007 article - Super Sportswomen


Like most good athletes, Saiedah has lived and breathed her particular sport since young. The fact that it is in her blood too, with her grandfather being the person responsible for first introducing her to silat, has undoubtedly help her to achieve the heights of success she is enjoying in the sport. A fact which she readily admits, saying, “The support from family...makes me what I am today”.

Her breakthrough season was in 2004 when she won four golds in international tournaments including the Swiss Open Silat Championship. This stunning performance was duly recognized back home when she was awarded the accolade of “Sportsgirl of the Year 2004.”

These achievements show Said’s sheer determination to win. She confesses that she “hates the feeling of losing.” It is, in her words, “the drive of wanting to win” alongside support from coaches and friends that settles those inevitable pre-match nerves and gives her the confidence to compete. Unsurprisingly for such a competitive athlete, she puts in a huge amount of work. Exactly how much? “Almost 30 hours a week,” she says.

Now that you've read a brief profile on her, here's the news on Saiedah Said - she tested positive for banned substances.

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Silat exponent Saiedah Said has been banned for two years after testing positive for illegal substances during the recent National Pencak Silat Championships.

SINGAPORE: Silat exponent Saiedah Said has been banned for two years after testing positive for illegal substances during the recent National Pencak Silat Championships.

This is the first time a silat athlete is banned by the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee.
The former Sportsgirl of the Year tested positive for metabolites of sibutramine, which is widely used for treating weight loss.

According to the Singapore Silat Federation chief Sheik Alau'ddin, Saiedah had previously taken jamu to aid in recovery from competitive silat.

Jamu is a traditional herbal medicine widely used in Malaysia and Indonesia.

The two-year ban makes Saiedah ineligible to participate in any sport during the period.

The 28-year-old has until 17 June to submit an appeal.

Copied from Singapore Sports Council:


Singapore, 5 June 2013 - Silat exponent Saiedah Bte Said has tested positive for the banned substances Nor-Sibutramine and OH-Nor Sibutramine (Metabolites of Sibutramine) under the 2013 Prohibited List following in-competition testing at the 38th National Pencak Silat Championships on 14 April 2013.

2 The 28-year-old was informed by Anti-Doping Singapore (ADS) that she may have committed a possible Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) on 21 May 2013. She requested for her 'B' sample to be analysed which subsequently confirmed her 'A' sample result.

3 The National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee (NADC), appointed by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), convened yesterday (4 June 2013) to deliberate on the case.

4 Following the meeting, the NADC has imposed a Two-Year ban on Saiedah. She is ineligible to participate, as an athlete or support personnel, in any sport during the period of the ban. She is also disqualified from the 38th National Pencak Silat Championships and all results, medals, points and prizes attained at the event are forfeited.

5 Under the ADS Anti-Doping Rules, Singapore Silat Federation is required to enforce the sanctions on Saiedah immediately. She has until 17 June 2013 to submit an appeal to the National Anti-Doping Appeals Committee (NAAC).

6 Said Ms Yeo Say Po, Deputy Director of ADS, "Under the World Anti-Doping Code, the rule of strict liability states that it is ultimately the athlete's sole responsibility to ensure that anything that they ingest does not contain any prohibited substance. This case is a reminder to all athletes to be always mindful of what they consume to avoid falling foul of any anti-doping rule violation."



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