LAHORE: Olympian weightlifter Talha Talib has been tested positive for a prohibited substance after failing a dope test.
According to a report, International Testing Agency (ITA) along with International Weightlifting Federation (ITF) conducted surprise tests of Pakistani weightlifters on suspicion of drug abuse in facilities in Lahore and Gujranwala. Alongside two other weightlifters, Talha’s report show signs of prohibited substances.
Pakistan Weightlifting Federation (PWF) has refused to reveal the names of the weightlifters who have tested positive for the doping breach. According to PWF, they have not been shared the results so far and are not in position to confirm the names of the players. The details will be revealed once official results are received and have maintained that the situation is under control.
An investigation on this matter is underway under the supervision of International Weightlifting Federation, If found guilty, Talha can face ban of up to a year. This will affect his participation in the upcoming Commonwealth Games being held in August.
Talha rose to fame last year as he finished fifth in the 67 kg category at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He then went on to bag a bronze medal in the 67 kg category in the 2021 World Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent.