Bangladesh will get two more bronze medals in the athletics events of the 13th South Asian Games held in Nepal in December 2019 as the three Pakistani athletes Mehboob Ali, Sami Ullah and Muhammad Naeem were found positive in dope tests. Bangladesh finished fourth in both the events.
Among the athletes Mehboob clinched bronze in men’s 4x400 meters relay along with the three other namely Umar Sadat, Mehboob Ali, Abdul Mueed, Nokar Hussain while Sami and Naeem secured bronze in men’s 4x100 meters relay along with Muhammad Shahba, Uzair Rehman.Besides, Mehboob and Naeem bagged gold in 400 meters hurdles and110 meters hurdles respectively while Sami clinched bronze in 100 meters. Pakistan, which won 13 medals in SA Games, will lose all six medals of these athletes and also all three of these athletes may face ban of up to four years, sources in Athletics Federation of Pakistan reported.
Bangladesh finished fifth in medal tally securing a total of 142 medals with including 19 gold, 33 silver and 90 bronze medals in SA Games.
Bangladeshi athletes clinched just two bronze medals in the athletics events of SA Games with Mahfuzur Rahman in men’s high jump and Al Amin in men’s long jump.
Apart from these, Bangladesh team comprises Md Abu Taleb, Md Masud Rana, Md Saiful Ismail and Mohammad Jahir competed in 4x400 meters relay while team comprises Abdur Rouf, Md Ismail, Shariful, Mohammed Hasan competed in 4x100 meters relay.
Athlete Jahir said, “If it’s true, it would be the first medal for four of us. It also makes me happy that I did something for my country as well as for me.”
Another athlete Mohammad Ismail said, “I heard the news. If it happens, it will be my first international medal, which will help me get scholarship and promotion at Navy.”Both Jahir and Ismail represented Bangladesh Navy athletic team.
Bangladesh Athletic Federation (BAF) General Secretary Advocate Abdur Rakib Montu told media that they have already informed it to Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA).
“I have come to know this news through media and already informed it to BOA, but we haven’t got any official announcement till now,” said Montu.
Meanwhile, BOA Deputy Secretary General Azaduzzaman Kohinoor who was also the ‘chef the mission of Bangladesh contingent for SA Games’, said, “We haven’t got any official letter regarding this issue from any sides yet. Also it is the federation’s responsibility to take further steps.”
According to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules, the medalist, who tests positive for doping, will be ineligible for competition for four years and will be stripped of the medal which he or she won in that particular competition. The medal will also have been given to the next position holder.