15 athletes to bear dope assessments forward of C’wealth Video games

ISLAMABAD: Round 15 main athletes, largely representing the nation in energy, energy and agility sports activities occasions will bear dope assessments forward of the Birmingham’s Commonwealth Video games ranging from July 28.

A well-placed supply has instructed ‘The Information’ that the Pakistan Sports activities Board (PSB) has written a request letter to Dr Waqar Ahmed, head of Anti-Doping Group of Pakistan (ADOP), to make obligatory preparations for well timed conduct of the assessments on these athletes.

The PSB needed that solely ten athletes who even have any exterior probabilities of a medal ought to bear dope assessments, nonetheless the Pakistan Olympic Affiliation (POA) sought so as to add 5 extra to make it 15 in all.

“Now it has been determined that round 15 athletes will bear assessments forward of the Video games. Chosen athletes belonging to weightlifting, wrestling, judo, athletics, squash and boxing are anticipated to be examined,” a supply inside the PSB mentioned.

It has additionally been realized that the Video games organisers in Birmingham have noticed 5 Pakistani athletes having the medal prospects on the Video games. These embody Shah Hussain Shah (judo), Arshad Nadeem (athletics), Nooh Dastgir Butt (weightlifting), Inam Butt (wrestling) and a boxer.

It has but to be recognized whether or not the PSB has launched the funds required to conduct these assessments. A heavy quantity is required to ship the samples to internationally recognised laboratories overseas. Until and till the PSB releases the quantity the method can’t go forward.

Earlier, the POA had determined to conduct dope assessments of all of the athletes sure for Birmingham.

The repeated optimistic assessments in weightlifting and kabaddi over the previous few months has rocked the sports activities circles in Pakistan with the POA deciding to go even more durable to make sure that the nation’s athletes ought to keep clear and honest in its strategy. Since there are hardly any probabilities of a medal exterior the highest cadre of fifteen athletes, it has been determined to conduct assessments on a restricted variety of athletes.

“The nation goes via monetary disaster and as such paying and sending additional {dollars} overseas wouldn’t be a smart choice. That is additionally one of many causes as why we have now determined to conduct assessments solely on those that have an outdoor likelihood of profitable the medals,” one of many officers mentioned.

“Following the sequence of optimistic assessments just lately, it has now develop into all of the extra necessary to get even stricter. The POA has all the time been advocating the more durable stance and that has been our most important stress through the conferences with federations’ officers. We’ve already constituted a probe committee to look into the kabaddi affairs. Although the kabaddi federation shouldn’t be a signatory to WADA guidelines, but nobody could be allowed to breach the WADA guidelines. We imagine in free and honest sports activities and that’s what the IOC has all the time advocated. All these athletes who’ve breached WADA guidelines could be handled strict measures,” a POA official mentioned.

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