Discrepancy in samples throws up ray of hope for Asif

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Lahore, Aug 21 (UNI) Controversial pacer Mohammed Asif could still emerge unscathed from his latest dope scandal after a major discrepancy was found in the concentrations of the prohibited steroid nandrolone in his two drug samples.

''There is a major discrepancy in the two (urine) samples of Asif which came out positive, and in such cases, the player has a chance to be cleared,'' president of the Sports Medicine Association of Pakistan Dr Danish Zaheer told mediapersons today.

According to reports, 6.2mg of the steroid nandrolone was found in Asifs 'A' sample while the 'B' sample recorded 5.4mg. The findings has raised hopes that even if the Indian Premier League (IPL) rejected Asifs appeal, the 25-year-old could approach the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS).

''This is a lot of difference and Im sure if his lawyer pursues the case, Asif has a chance to come out clean,'' Zaheer said.

''I still remember that an Indian athlete Sunita Rani, who won the gold medal at the Busan Asian Games in 2002, had a similar case of varied readings. She appealed and won her case at the CAS.'' UNI XC AB RAR HS1635

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