Pakistan bans five athletes for doping offence

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Karachi, Jan 17 (PTI) Taking strong exception against theuse banned substances in sports, Pakistan Sports Board (PSB)has imposed a two-year ban on five athletes for failing dopetests in recent months.

The anti-doping committee of the PSB which met todayunder the chairmanship of director-general, Ameer HamzaGillani handed out the bans to three national cyclists and twobody builders.

"The cyclists include Noor Alam, Dilsher Ali and ZahidGulfam whose dope tests were taken during the recent NationalCycling Championship while the body builders are MohammadImran Qureshi and Javed Ali who failed dope tests conductedbefore Asian Beach Games," a PSB official said.

He said all the five athletes have the right to appealagainst their bans.

"The samples of these athletes were sent to an IOCaccredited laboratory in India and we got the results few daysback. The results of these five athletes were unfortunatelypositive," he said.

The Pakistan Athletics Federation (PAF) and the PSBanti-doping committee have also banned nine track and fieldathletes for two years over doping offences last August underits new stricter anti-doping policy.

The athletes have tested positive for banned steroids atthe National Athletic Championships held in July last year.

The banned athletes include javelin thrower MohammadImran, shot putter Mohammad Waseem, high jumper RozinaShafqat, sprinter Nadia Nazir, long distance runner ShaguftaNaureen, pole vaulter Zahra Razzak, 200-metre specialist AsifJaved and female sprinters Sadaf Siddique, and Javeria Hassan.

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