Here’s why Pakistan has returned South Asian Games’ medals to Nepal


Lahore: Pakistan has returned back 11 athletic medals including two gold and nine bronze to the Nepal Olympic Association, ARY Sports reported.

The medals were sent back by Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) through a courier service.

Three Pakistan athletes Mehboob Ali (400m hurdles), Mohammad Naeem (110m hurdles) and Samiullah (100m sprint) tested positive for using anabolic androgenic steroids during the 13th South Asian Games held in Nepal in December 2019.

All three athletes were banned under World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) rules for four years in August 2020.

“We have returned 11 medals including two gold medals and nine bronze. Since the athletes were also part of relay races, all the members of relay teams (eight bronze plus one individual bronze) were also sent back to the NOC Nepal,” a POA official said.

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