Pakistan ban five athletes over doping

Published: January 18, 2011
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The Anti-Doping Organization of Pakistan (ADOP) has vowed to impose strict penalties on five athletes that tested positive for using banned substances.

The Anti-Doping Organization of Pakistan (ADOP) has vowed to impose strict penalties on five athletes that tested positive for using banned substances.

LAHORE: The Anti-Doping Organisation of Pakistan (ADOP) has imposed a two-year ban on five national athletes over failed dope tests. The three cyclists and two bodybuilders were tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone after the ADOP conducted a dope test during the National Games last year.

“Each athlete had an individual case,” Deputy Director General ADOP Waqar Ahmed told The Express Tribune. “But each one of them tested positive for the banned anabolic-androgen steroid nandrolone.

“All have confessed the usage without a prescription and hence have been banned for two years.”

The three cyclists Noor Alam of Sui Southern Gas Corporation, Dilsher Ali and Zahid Gulfam from Wapda and two bodybuilders Mohammad Imran Qureshi of Railways and Javed Ali of Higher Education Commission appeared before a three-man panel before the ban was imposed.

While each athlete stated that they unknowingly took the substance, Ahmed ruled it out as an excuse. “Our aim is to ensure the sport is free of illegal stuff and formulate a fair and healthy environment in the country.

“Any athlete who tests positive for a second time will be banned for life,” said Ahmed.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 18th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Dr No
    Jan 18, 2011 - 12:29AM

    Well, this same Dr Waqar allegedly promoted use of drugs in athelte during 9th SAF Games at Islamabad,
    So typical of our country…unfortunately!Recommend

  • Amer
    Jan 18, 2011 - 11:35AM

    This is very misleading, some of the atheletes took medicine that was prescribed by doctors for different injuries. I saw the interview of one of them and he said that he was taking a medicine that was given to him because he had some broken ribs. Recommend

  • H
    Jan 18, 2011 - 5:08PM

    even the pic you have used is kinda hard core for this artical/story of yours.Recommend

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