AFP probe committee meeting with accused athletes deferred

From our correspondent
KARACHI: Athletics Federation of Pakistan’s (AFP) inquiry committee had called the alleged tainted athletes for a meeting in Islamabad on Saturday (today) but the meeting was deferred on the advice of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA), learnt from sources.
“We have been called for a meeting in Islamabad tomorrow. I don’t know who is holding this meeting,” an athlete, who has failed dope test, told this correspondent.
Sources said that the meeting was scheduled but it was deferred on the advice of the POA.
The decision regarding the fate of the three athletes, who have been tested positive, is yet to come.
Olympian Mehboob Ali, 110metre hurdler Mohammad Naeem and sprinter Samiullah have been tested positive for using steroids. Their tests had been conducted during the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal last year.
Mehboob and Naeem had won golds while Samiullah had clinched bronze.
They were also part of the two Pakistan’s relays bronze medals.
The athletes have already filed their replies to the outcome of the tests. If found guilty they would face ban. They will also be stripped of their medals they have won in the biennial spectacle in Nepal. They will also return the cash prizes which they have received from Pakistan’s government.

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