Dagga: Boxers banned for life

2006-11-27 16:19

Karachi - Pakistan has imposed life bans on boxers Meherullah Lassi and Faisal Karim for testing positive during the South Asian Federation Games in August, an official of the Pakistan Boxing Federation said Monday.

"A committee of the PBF has banned both boxers from competing in any international competition for life," PBF secretary Shakil Durrani said.

Both Lassi and Karim won gold medals at the SAF Games but were found guilty of using dagga during the Games. The SAF Games committee banned Lassi and Karim for six months and also withdrew their golds.

However, the PBF took a much sterner action against both boxers and handed life bans to them.

Durrani said that Lassi was previously warned after the SAF Games in 2004.

"He should have been cautious but now he should bear the consequences," Durrani said.

The life bans on Meherullah and Lassi has dented Pakistan hopes of doing well in the boxing competition of the Asian Games, starting at Doha, Qatar from Friday.

"We are a proud sporting nation and the only way to get rid of doping from sports is to ban a player for life," Durrani said.

Lassi won a gold medal in the Asian Games at Busan, South Korea in 2004 and also won a silver at Melbourne in this year's Commonwealth Games.

Doping in sports has hit Pakistan in recent times. Last month, fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif failed internal doping tests of the Pakistan Cricket Board and were banned for two years and one year respectively.

Both bowlers have filed appeals against the bans.