Pakistan is now facing a lengthy ban after Talha Taliba and five others tested positive in the doping scandal
The Pakistani star weightlifter Talha Talib has been caught in a doping scandal alongside five other weightlifters, and as Dawn reported, “It’s taken barely nine months for the bubble to burst.” Talha’s performance had provided hope, but the doping scandal has now shattered it. However, the Pakistan Weightlifting Federation is now facing a lengthy ban by the International Federation, as Talha Talib, alongside others, was provisionally suspended over doping offenses.
Abubakar Ghani and Sharjeel Butt were scheduled to take part in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, but they were suspended. Their coach, son of the weightlifting federation Hafiz Imran Butt, is also facing suspension. Talha Talib tested positive for norandrosterone, a banned steriods, twice within 12 days last year, and Abubakar tested positive for hormone and metabolic modulator tamoxifen.