From our correspondent
KARACHI: The athletes, who have failed dope tests, have sent their replies through Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) to the 13th South Asian Games Doping Control Committee on Wednesday, thecricketplus.com has learnt through sources.
Olympian Mehboob Ali (400 metre hurdles), 110metre hurdler Mohammad Naeem and sprinter Samiullah have failed dope tests which were conducted during the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal last year.According to sources the athletes have forwarded their replies to the Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) and the federation has then forwarded them to the concerned doping wing of SAG through the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA).Mehboob, who was part of Pakistan’s contingent for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and Mohammad Naeem had claimed golds in the Nepal SAG while Samiullah had lifted bronze in the South Asian Games.
They are in real danger of being deprived of their individual as well as relays medals which they have secured during the biennial spectacle. If proved guilty they will also bound to give Pakistan’s government the cash awards which they have received a few days ago for claiming medals in the region’s most important event.Acceding to sources Mehboob and his maternal uncle Naeem have denied wrong doing and have requested for testing their B samples. The tests expenses will be met by the athletes themselves.
Meanwhile, sources said, Samiullah in his reply has said that he belongs to a remote area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and he has used medicine for treatment of his injury and if there is anything wrong in that, which he does not know, then he begs pardon for that.Both Mehboob and Naeem belong to Army while Samiullah serves WAPDA.As per WADA rules the athletes will be given ample chance of defending themselves and they will also be given the right to appeal against any punishment which looks evident for using steroids.
Former international athlete Mohammad Talib said that it’s very serious matter and a strong system would be required to check this menace in future.“It would have been much better had athletes been tested before flying for Nepal for the South Asian Games,” Talib told thecricketplus.com.“The relevant federation, departments and NOC should perform their responsibilities in future to avert any such disgrace for the country. Athletes cannot be ignorant and they are hugely responsible for what they have done,” Talib said.
“State should also help in the whole process as without state funding it is not possible to carry out tests of the athletes ,” Talib said.“All these things and responsibilities are mentioned in the IOC charter chapter-4, article-8,”
Talib said.Talib pointed out that coaches are equally responsible. “Coaches are equally responsible for what has happened. Coaches know everything about their athletes. For example if an athlete normally records 10.8 seconds and suddenly he inks 10.2 seconds coach should know that there is something wrong. Coaches are the best judges of their athletes and know what their charges are doing,” Talib said.