Talha Talib returns positive dope test


Unconfirmed reports on Saturday said Olympian Talha Talib was among two Pakistani weightlifters who returned positive samples in dope tests con-ducted by the International Testing Agency (ITA).

The Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and the Paki-stan Olympic Association (POA) told Dawn they had no confirmed information about the development, while the Pakistan Weightlifting Federation (PWF) did not answer any queries.

According to the reports, four Pakistani weight-lifters were tested for samples by the ITA in coordi-nation with the International Weight­lifting Federa-tion recently.

Talha was training at his gym in Gujranwala when ITA officials paid a surprised visit to collect his samples while the other lifters were tested in Lahore. When contacted by Dawn POA general secretary Khalid Mahmood and PSB director general Asif Zaman said they had received no official information regarding the tests. Khalid said the ITA would send the confirmation of the test results to the IWF and PWF directly.—APP


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