Pakistan’s grappler Ali Asad, who had recently bagged the bronze medal for the country in the 57kg category of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022, has been was stripped of his medal after testing positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs.
In Birmingham CWG, Ali had got the better off New Zealand’s Suraj Singh in 55 seconds to settle for the bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 57kg wrestling event.
Before leaving his nation for the showpiece event, Ali had undergone a test for detection of banned performance-enhancing drugs, which returned positive and it emerged on Thursday.
“He has used banned drugs to enhance performance and thus has been stripped of the medal. The organisers, however, have given him the option to go for the B Samples testing,” a source was quoted as saying by ‘The News’.
According to a report in ‘The New’ a thorough investigation, however, revealed further details in Ali’s case as it has been learnt that the tests conducted by the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and the results of which were revealed just recently also declared him positive.
“We had some information on his being declared positive. That is why we have held his amount of Rs one million that otherwise would have been his for winning bronze at the Games,” a PSB official quoted as saying by The News.
“I have never deliberately used any performance-enhancing drugs. I am surprised at how I have been declared positive. I would prefer going for the B samples tests,” The News had quoted Ali Asad as saying when asked about his initial test results.
“Yes, I have come to know about it. Let me consult with my associates and other officials. I cannot say anything more on it at the moment,” he added.
Notably, Pakistan had finished the showpiece event with five medals — two silvers and three bronze.