KATHMANDU:- Pakistani athletes who won medals in the 13th South Asian Games (SAGS) have failed doping tests.
Three Pakistani medalists have been stripped of their medals after testing positive for doping at the 13th SAG held in December last year. A total of six medals were snatched, including two gold medals in the individual event and one bronze medal in the team event (four relay players) after three Pakistani athletes failed doping tests.
According to the Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC), Pakistani gold medalists Mohammad Naeem, Mehboob Ali and bronze medalist Sami Ullah have been found to be playing in the competition by consuming banned drugs. Naeem competed in 110m hurdles, Ali in 400m hurdles and Ullah in 100m hurdles.
Athletes participating in the SAG were tested for doping according to the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). A urine test sample of the participating players was tested at the Anti-Doping Lab in Doha, Qatar, and it was found that Pakistani players Naeem, Ali and Ullah had taken various banned drugs.
According to Wada’s rules, the players were informed about the ‘A’ sample, the NOC said. In that case, the player will be able to test the ‘B’ sample. Gold medalists Naeem and Ali tested B-samples and found that they were taking banned drugs. According to the anti-doping rules of the South Asian Olympic Council, they have been banned for four years, said NOC General Secretary Nilendra Raj Shrestha. Their ban will expire in December 2023.
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