BIRMINGHAM: The Commonwealth Games Anti-Doping Commission has taken blood samples from several Pakistani athletes for doping testing, which is expected to be available within 20 days.
A spokesman for the Pakistani team confirmed to The News on Monday that samples were from swimmers Haseeb Tariq, Bisma Khan and Jehanara Nabi, weightlifters Haider Ali, Nooh Dastgir Butt and Hanzala Dastgir, hockey players Abdul Manan and Ghazanfar Ali, judoka Shah Hussain and pickup player Anila Izzat Baig were taken away.
National Preventive Medicine Director Dr Asad Abbas said test reports will arrive in 15-20 days.
It was previously reported that samples of two hockey players, swimmers Haseeb and Anila, were taken upon arrival in Birmingham.
It is important to note that Pakistan sent a team of 103 members to Birmingham to compete in 13 different sports including athletics.
However, so far no Pakistani player has been able to win a medal in this competition.
In early April, famous Pakistani weightlifter Talha Talib was banned from competing in the Commonwealth Games after his doping test came back positive.
Talha Talib, however, called it an “inadvertent mistake” in a letter to the Pakistan Weightlifting Federation (PWF).
Unexpected doping tests conducted by the International Control Agency with the International Weightlifting Federation in Gujranwala and Lahore on all Pakistani weightlifters.
It should be noted that Talha won her first medal for Pakistan at the World Weightlifting Championships, winning bronze at Tashkent last year.
England almost won an Olympic medal for Pakistan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I’ve always focused on training and bringing pride to my country through legal means,” said Talha.