Pakistan is in the middle of severe doping crisis as media reports claim the country has lost four of its elite bodybuilders in the last 17 days allegedly due to consumption of illegal steroids.
Opting for short-cut to success, the bodybuilders, including two medallists in the South Asian Bodybuilding Championship (SABC), have died reportedly due to excessive use of these drugs.
Maqloob Haider is the latest in the list of tragic deaths. Before him, wrestlers named Rizwan, SABC gold-medallist Humayun Khurram and Hamid Ali succumbed in mysterious circumstances.
Media reports suggest Khurram was having a meal when suddenly his food trachea broke. The family of Khurram has claimed that he was not on any steroids.
Hamid, an SABC bronze-medallist, also died mysteriously with reasons of his death unclear.
A report appearing in newspaper The Nation claims that steroids and body-enhancing drugs land up in Pakistan illegally from Dubai and Iran, some of which are even past their expiry dates.
“With the help of government of Pakistan, we are going to cancel the registration of all the gyms across the country and forming a five-member committee which will register all the gyms again and then take oath from all the gyms not to use illegal drugs and those found using them will be sealed and a stern action taken against them,” Pakistan Bodybuilding Federation (PBBF) president Sheikh Farooq Iqbal was quoted by the daily.
“We have also planned to organise awareness programmes which will make the bodybuilders aware of prohibited stuff and proper diet plan for the improvement,” he added. “There is a dire need to set up an anti-doping laboratory.”
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