Talha says positive dope test result ‘unintentional mistake’


Pakistan’s weightlifter Talha Talib called his positive dope test result an “unintentional mistake” in a letter to the Pakistan Weightlifting Federation (PWF). Surprise dope tests were conducted by the Inter-national Testing Agency along with International Weightlifting Federation in Gujranwala and Lahore for all Pakistani weightlifters.

After failing a dope test recently, Talha wrote a letter, stating that he did it unknowingly. Test reports revealed signs of prohibited medicines in samples of three weightlifters, including Talha, which could lead to a ban of four years.

He was suspended on March 14. Also read: Talha Talib wins Pakistan’s first ever medal at World Weightlifting Championship In his letter to PWF, Talha said that “he had no idea about the presence of prohibited substances in his body” while also stating that he would “never even think about violating doping rules”.

However, the 22-year-old also said that “he could have made an unintentional mistake, which could be due to lack of knowledge, and for that he is sorry”.—APP


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