Posted on November 25, 2006
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5 responses to “Boxers Fail the Drug Test…and Lose Gold Medals”

  1. Eidee Man says:

    Bilal, you’re absolutely right. But this problem is certainly not isolated to Pakistan. In fact, it is a huge problem in the U.S. where one would think that the issue of performance enhancing drugs, etc is well known to even kids.

    The vast majority of U.S. baseball atheletes (the good ones anyway) take drugs and most people believe that Lance Armstrong and co. used drugs pretty heavily. One of the biggest problems is that players and teams with finances can easily hire a whole team of people to come up with all kinds of undetectable synthetic stuff.

  2. Adil Najam says:

    This, coupled with the cricket stories, suggests the need for providing broader and deeper education on drugs use to athletes across all sports.

  3. Bilal Zuberi says:

    What really upsets me is the lack of understanding among players that when they represent Pakistan in international competitions, their actions say a lot about the entire country. Fans of their sport everywhere watch them and try to learn about the culture and the people they represent. Boxing has been a relatively neglected sport in Pakistan, much like football, but when news like this ocme sup, it further pushes away interest from the sports and the sportsmen.

  4. Eidee Man says:

    Marijuana helps you punch better? Hahah…this is very funny….I would give them a medal just for being able to box after smoking marijuana!

  5. Daktar says:

    This is intersting. Cannabis. I assume that is a ‘recreational’ drug and not a ‘performance enhancing’ one. As you say, the repeat offence is not just a case of cheating, its one of stupidity also.