Bangladesh’s athletes have the chances to bag two more bronze medals from track and field events six-month after the 13th South Asian Games ended in Nepal as the Pakistani athletes were found positive in dope tests.
Quoting Indian and Pakistani media, Bangladesh Athletics Federation secretary Abdur Rokib Montu said three Pakistani athletes Mehboob Ali, Sami Ullah and Muhammad Naeem failed in dope tests, opening the door for Bangladesh to inflate their medals tally.
Mehboob Ali competed in the 4x100 metre relay with three others while Sami Ullah and Muhammad Naeem competed in the 4x 400 metre relay with two others to secure bronze medals.
Bangladesh finished fourth in both events, just behind Pakistan.
Mohammad Ismail, Hasan Ali, Abdur Rouf and Saiful Islam represented Bangladesh in the 4x100 metre relay while Jahir Raihan, Abu Taleb, Masud Rana and Saiful Islam competed in the 4x400 metre relay.
‘I heard the news, if it happened, it would be my first international medal, which would help me get scholarship and promotion at Navy. It is also the first medals for others,’ said Ismail.
Fellow Bangladesh athlete Jahir Raihan also welcomed the rare good news for athletics.
'If it is true it would be the first medals for four of us. It will also make me happy that I could do something for my country as well as for me.'
Ismail and Jahir both are Bangladesh Navy team athletes.
Bangladesh Olympic Association deputy secretary general Azaduzzaman Kohinoor, who was chef the mission of Bangladesh contingent for SA Games, informed that BOA did not get any official letter from concerned authorities.
'As far as I know, according to the rules of World Anti-doping Agency, if any athlete tests positive for dope, the medals would be stripped off. And the next position holder will be awarded that medal,' he said.
Federation secretary Montu said they were yet to be communicated the matter from any official channel.
Bangladeshi athletes bagged two medals in the Games as high jumper Mahfuzur Rahman bagged one silver and Al-Amin bagged one bronze in long jump.
Bangladesh finished in fifth place in medals table just above Maldives and Bhutan with a total of 142 medals, including 19 gold, 33 silver and 90 bronze medals in 2019 SA Games for their best ever success in terms of the medal count.
Bangladesh won the highest 18 gold medals previously when they hosted Games in Dhaka in 2010.
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