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Commonwealth Games | Dope testing on Pakistani sportsmen
The anti-doping committee of the Commonwealth Games took blood samples from a number of Pakistani athletes to test for drugs. In 20 days, we should know the results of these tests. A spokesman for the Pakistan team told The News on Monday that samples were taken from weightlifters Haider Ali, Nooh Dastgir Butt, and Hanzala Dastgir, as well as hockey players Abdul Manan and Ghazanfar Ali, judoka Shah Hussain, and para-athlete Anila Izzat Baig. The top doctor for the national contingent, Dr. Asad Abbas, thinks the test results will be ready in 15 to 20 days.
Previous reports say that when two hockey players, the swimmer Haseeb, and the dancer Anila got to Birmingham, their samples were taken. As part of their delegation, Pakistan has sent 103 people to Birmingham, where they will compete in 13 different sports, such as para-athletics. So far, no Pakistani athlete has won a medal in their sport. Talha Talib, a weightlifter who was going to the Commonwealth Games, was suspended in April after he failed a drug test. Talha Talib called this a “unintentional mistake” in a letter to the Pakistan Weightlifting Federation (PWF).
In Gujranwala and Lahore, all of the Pakistani weightlifters were given surprise drug tests by the International Testing Agency and the International Weightlifting Federation. Talha won a medal at the World Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent last year. This was the first time in Pakistan’s history that this had happened. So, he almost won a medal for Pakistan at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. As Talha had said before, he added, “I have always focused on training and making my country proud through legal means.”