Squash: Nasir fate to be decided tomorrow

Islamabad—Nasir Iqbal’s fate to participate in the friendly squash series against Egypt to be held next month in Karachi will be decided after World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) final verdict on Friday.
Nasir, was tested positive for doping on February 7 and tested negative in another sample only three days later. Nasir, who defeated his compatriot Farhan Zaman in the singles final of the 2016 South Asian Games, was asked by WADA to hand over his sample on February 7 on completion of the squash event. However another of his test was taken on February 10 which came out negative.
A total of five Egyptian players will be coming to Pakistan on April 5 for the friendly matches series scheduled to be played from April 5 to 8 in Karachi.
Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) players’ shortlisted for the series include Nasir Iqbal, Farhan Zaman, Tayab Aslam, Shahjahan, Farhan Mehboob, Asim and Israr Ahmed.
Talking to APP, Secretary Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) Aamir Nawaz said the final five-member squad for the series will be announced after WADA’s final verdict against Nasir on Friday.
“Nasir appealed to WADA for a B test and a decision in this regard will be announced by them on Friday,” he said.
He said however we have appealed to the World Squash Federation (WSF) to allow Nasir to play in the friendly series as it is just a provincial suspension.
“If the decision comes against Nasir then WADA will form a disciplinary committee in which he will be asked to appear before them and he will have to explain his position in which circumstances he took the minor illegal substance,” he said.
Amir said we are hopeful that the decision will come in our best interest.
“Any illegal substance, if taken, remains in the body for at least nine months but Nasir’s test taken on February 7 was positive and the one on February 10 was negative,” he said. —APP

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