Future Of Pakistani Weightlifter Talha Talib At Stake As Doping Issue Surface

Lahore: The future of Talha Talib, Pakistan’s fifth-place weightlifter at the Tokyo Olympics, is at stake.

According to sources, the Pakistan Weightlifting Federation on the instructions of the Anti-Doping Agency did not include the names of young weightlifters in the ongoing camp in Lahore for the Commonwealth Games.

He has been barred from participating in any weightlifting activities since the doping issue came to light.

The Pakistan Sports Board has also written a letter to the Weightlifting Federation to find out the facts about the violation of doping rules.

Talha Talib is missing from the scene after the doping issue. Talha Talib was tested for dope during the Tashkent World Championships in December, reports said.

In this case, Talha has denied the use of any kind of invigorating drugs. Samples of their food supplements were later sent for testing and he is currently being suspended.

On the other hand, Talha could face a four-year ban if he is found guilty of violating anti-doping rules by losing the silver medal he won in the Sanch event in the 67kg category at the Tashkent World Championships.

Talha Talib, who was ranked fifth in the Olympics, was given a warm welcome and prizes worth millions of rupees were given by Pakistan Sports Board, Sports Board Punjab and other.

It is to be noted that DG Pakistan Sports Board Col (retd) Asif Zaman had expressed ignorance of the doping inquiry into the case of weightlifter Talha Talib.

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