Drug Test

Hong Kong Jockey Club defends horse-feed testing protocols

John Ridley, HKJC director of operations

As an investigation continues into how the cattle weight-gain drug zilpaterol ended up in Hong Kong horse feed, a high-ranking official has defended the Jockey Club's testing procedures and expressed confidence in the brands at the centre of the furore. But the official stopped short of guaranteeing a similar incident could not happen again.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:55am

Swimmer David Wong prays for dispensation from ban for drug use

David Wong

Top swimmer and asthma sufferer David Wong Kai-wai is hoping for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to escape a lengthy ban after he failed a drug test at the start of the year.

27 Mar 2013 - 4:52am

Surprise urine checks aimed at potential relapse offenders

Rehabilitation authorities are stepping up surprise urine checks on discharged drug offenders to tighten scrutiny of potential relapses. Photo: Nora Tam

Rehabilitation authorities are stepping up surprise urine checks on discharged drug offenders to tighten scrutiny of potential relapses. Two former prison officers were jailed last year for falsifying specimens.

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am

Macau jockey has positive drug test

Choi Kam-fai riding Dr Sweet. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Macau-based jockey Choi Kam-fai has been stood down from riding after a random drug test sample taken from him at last Saturday's annual Hong Kong Macau Trophy meeting showed traces of a banned substance and its metabolite.

9 Mar 2013 - 3:48am

Asia's first drug test for golfers prompted by Olympics

Asian Tour executive chairman Kyi Hla Han. Photo: AFP

As the Asian Tour, the region's biggest circuit, heads into its 10th season, executive chairman Kyi Hla Han said testing was yet to be introduced, but could start next year in tune with demands from the International Olympic Committee.

21 Feb 2013 - 6:07am

Sports medicine expert says cyclist Wong excuse 'cannot be true'

Steven Wong

Wong, who won a BMX gold medal at the Asian Games in 2010 before switching to professional road racing with the Champion System team, tested positive last April for exogenous steroids (also known as anabolic steroids) and was subsequently banned by the International Cycling Union.

30 Jan 2013 - 3:44am

Marquez insists he didn't take drugs to beat Pacquiao

Juan Manuel Marquez raises his arm after defeating Manny Pacquiao. Photo: Xinhua

Juan Manuel Marquez insisted he was a "clean fighter" after his demolition of Manny Pacquiao.

The Mexican, whose more muscular form drew attention before Saturday's bout, predicted drug tests in Nevada would come back negative.

He also said he intended to do random, Olympic-style testing before his next fight.

12 Dec 2012 - 3:11am

A race to infamy - documentary looks again at the 1988 Olympic sprint final

Ben Johnson won the 1988 100-metre Olympic final in a world record time of 9.79 seconds ahead of Carl Lewis. Johnson was later disqualified for failing a drug test. Photo: AFP

Filmmaker Daniel Gordon was wrapping up a final visit to Ben Johnson's home when he asked the disgraced sprinter one last question.

14 Oct 2012 - 2:36am

Cheng fails drugs test, but might still ride on Sunday

Top local jockey Howard Cheng Yue-tin has returned a positive random urine test for ephedrine and methylephedrine from the April 1 meeting at Sha Tin but may still be cleared to take his place at Sunday's meeting.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

New tests to catch drivers on drugs

Police have added a battery of tests to their armoury in a renewed crackdown on the city's drug-drivers.

From Thursday, officers will be able to compel drivers suspected of being under the influence of narcotics to give urine and blood samples if they fail a new five-part impairment test.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Fewer teens taking drugs, study finds

Government figures show a decline of youth drug abuse in Hong Kong ahead of this Sunday's international anti-drug abuse day.

The Action Committee Against Narcotics announced last week that the number of reported young drug abusers dropped by 39.9 per cent in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year. The number went down from 1,110 to 667.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Apprentice jockey Kevin Leung faces loss of his riding licence

Apprentice jockey Kevin Leung Ka-wai's career is in the balance after stewards yesterday ordered him to a 'show cause' hearing before the Jockey Club's licensing committee over positive drug tests.

1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Should school students face mandatory drug testing?

Matthew Murchie, 17, St Joseph's College

Drug abuse remains a serious problem in schools. The government's repeated anti-drug campaigns bore little fruit.

The problem is that despite all the publicity about the dangers of taking drugs, many young students are led by curiosity and peer pressure to try out drugs. They then fall into a self-destructive habit.

23 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Laboratory steps up hair-testing for drugs

The Government Laboratory has new hair-testing equipment to detect drugs, providing an extra option for schools taking part in voluntary drug tests next year.

A hair test pilot scheme yielded positive results, Commissioner for Narcotics Sally Wong said yesterday.

31 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Schools to get funds for voluntary drug tests

Secondary schools will get funds next year to conduct voluntary drug testing of students after a trial in Tai Po was deemed to have fostered an anti-drug culture even though no users were found.

But the government has ruled out compulsory tests after a survey found a majority of students opposed them.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am