Jakarta. Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi says doping in high-performance sports will not be tolerated and called for firm action against any athletes found guilty of taking banned performance-enhancing substances.
Imam said the case will be prudently investigated and that the ministry will impose harsh punishments on those found guilty.
"I guarantee this case [PON XIX doping scandal] will be managed with seriousness, as the number of athletes found guilty of doping has risen from seven in 2012 to 14 in 2016," he said on Wednesday (11/01).
"However, it will be carefully investigated as it is also about their careers," the minister said in response to a question about the likelihood of lifetime bans.
He said lifetime bans for doping were being considered.
"Doping in sports is a serious issue, but the judicial process should also be fair and prudent," he said.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has asked the Indonesia Anti-Doping Agency (LADI) to investigate the matter and to establish a better prevention program.