Dope tests to be taken be­fore ev­ery C’ship: PBF

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD— Pak­istan Body­build­ing Fed­er­a­tion ( PBF) on Fri­day said dope tests will be con­ducted of each and ev­ery body­builder be­fore any dis­trict or na­tional cham­pi­onship in or­der to cope with the men­ace of steroids and sup­ple­ments that are used for fast mus­cle build­ing.

Re­cently four na­tional body­builders passed away in­clud­ing Mat­loob Haider, Muham­mad Rizwan, Hu­mayun Khur­ram and Hamid Ali. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports use of steroids by body­builders causes heart en­large­ment and high blood pres­sure which leads to a sud­den car­diac ar­rest.

Hu­mayun, who had won ti­tles of Mr La­hore, Mr Pun­jab and Mr Pak­istan, re­cently se­cured a gold medal in the South Asian Body­build­ing Cham­pi­onship 2016. Af­ter his death another prom­i­nent body­builder Hamid Ali, nick­named Gu­jju, died. Gu­jju was ex- Mr Pun­jab.

Talk­ing to APP, Sheikh Fa­rooq Iqbal, Pres­i­dent PBF, said we have can­celled the reg­is­tra­tion of all body­build­ing clubs in the coun­try af­ter the sad in­ci­dent. “Now we will be re­new­ing the reg­is­tra­tion of those clubs wh­which will be sub­mit­ting an Af­fi­davit to us say­ing that their body­builders will not use any steroids of any il­le­gal sub­stance for fast mus­cle build­ing,” he said.

Sheikh said to make this fool­proof that body­builders are not us­ing steroids or any il­le­gal sub­stance for grow­ing their mus­cles, we will be en­sur­ing that dope tests are con­ducted at all lev­els of ev­ery body­builder to stop this men­ace. “A meet­ing is also be­ing held in this re­gard,” he said.— APP

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