Malaysian Olympic track hopeful faces lengthy doping ban

Despite delay in his federation realising an offence had been committed, track rider Mohd Shah Firdaus Sahrom will now face a ban

An Asian track cyclist who has been tipped as a future Olympian track star faces an 18 month doping ban.

Mohd Shah Firdaus Sahrom tested positive for the banned substance dexamethasone at last June's Malaysia Games - but the Mayalsian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) only realised the 20-year-old had doped in February.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.