Mehrullah – KO forever

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After Shoaib & Asif episode Pakistan faced another blow in sports when Mehrulla & Faisal Karim tested positive for cannabis following the South Asian Games in Colombo this August and have now been banned. Further more both Mehrullah and Faisal would never be allowed to represent the country in any international match. “Mehrullah and Faisal will never represent Pakistan again, they have been handed a life ban,” Secretary PBF Shakeel Durrani said, adding, “We have zero tolerance for doping.” They were recently banned for six months by the South Asian Games committee.

Both the boxers won gold medals at this summer’s South Asian Games in the Sri Lankan capital. The Karachi-based Mehrullah is a reigning Asian Games champion and would have been among the front-runners for the featherweight gold in the 2006 edition of the Games to be held in Doha next month.

Pakistan boxing scene had started to pick up tempo after much famous Hussain Shah’s victory many years back. Hussain Shah won the bronze medal in the Middleweight division at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. The only two names apart from Joe Frazier that were in my mind ever then were M. Ali, the KING and Hussain Shah at that time.

With all the good prayers that we have for our sports men, we should admit that justice, at any cost must be prevailed. We never liked what happened with Shoaib & Asif but also never liked their own part they played. After a long pause we finally had few men to dream a medal in boxing but it seems Mehrullah would soon be history. Why o why they do it. This BBC title says it all. “KO for Pakistan Olympic dreams “. Let’s hope and pray other players will work hard to fill the vacuum.

9 Comments so far

  1. shady (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

    CANABLISS?

    what is with people…

    EVERYONE SMOKES UP IN PAKISTAN, GET OVER IT!

    i’m pretty sure we’re one of the few nations in the world where its fine for men to walk around holding hands with other men, but if a man holds hands with a woman and goes for a walk, the woman is asking for it and the man has no shame … and the same applies with our idiotic stance towards hashish and cannabis.

    if the goverment sold it instead of street dealers, we’d be a much more sucessful country… and happier too! fresh sticky maal from jamrod!

    sorry for ranting, but i feel that mehrulla and karim are heroes for smoking them joints and we should encourage them instead of banning them.

    it’s way better than them holding each others hands in secret, don’t you think?

    *shudder*

    and for the morons that think HASH/CANNABIS is HEROIN :

    EDUCATE YOURSELVES.


  2. shady (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

    Some more interesting facts in the article:

    “It was the second doping offence by both the pugilists who were also caught two years back at the South Asian Games in Islamabad.

    “The boxers knew that they cannot afford to be caught for a second time but they didn’t care,” said Durrani who added that the decision to ban the boxers was unanimously taken by the PBF Executive Committee headed by the federation’s chairman Professor Anwar Chowdhry.”

    “It is generally believed that the use of drugs, especially cannabis, is common among local boxers but Durrani dismissed the notion. “We don’t think that drugs are widely used by our boxers. It is just a bad habit that a few of them adopted and are now paying the price.”

    I suppose Mr. Durrani is an expert on how this “bad habit” is only adopted by a “few” of our boxers.

    If it’s such a bad habit, then why do our boxers (of all people) want to do it? It has no benefits to boxing at all, its not some secret power drug like cocaine or a physical booster. it’s quite the opposite, and isn’t even addictive.

    Do some research and you’ll find that our history has seen a lot of pot smoking types come and go and most of them have done way more (in fields such as music, literature, tv and film among others) than your average mr. durrani and his executive committee.

    The fact that the people being punished for smoking a few joints now and then are our countries finest boxers is sad, to say the least.

    Most of the lower classes I interact with smoke / have smoked cannabis, and I’m absolutely sure that both boxers aren’t going to have their reputations tarnished in their eyes by having smoked some joints.

    The majority of people will probably feel a sense of compassion and understanding, because like I said earlier: we all smoke the doobs.

    and its way better than hitting the bottle every night to survive, in this city called karachi.


  3. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    asses


  4. Sufi (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 7:11 pm

    Whats wrong with our players? Kya Pakistan mein ye sab nahi milta jo bahar jar kar peetay hain. Pagal log.


  5. MB (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 9:46 pm

    ” if the goverment sold it instead of street dealers, we’d be a much more sucessful country… and happier too! fresh sticky maal from jamrod! ”
    Interesting.

    @Pakistan mai milta hai but en ko Liyari mai nahi mila hoga. But hey hold on. They could have contacted Rehman Dakait or Arshad Pappu.


  6. karachi4eva (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 11:19 pm

    such an embarrassment!
    but i think life ban is just to harsh…
    6 months – 1 year ban would have been enough… at the end its just cannabis which doest have anything to do with their performance….


  7. Nadeem (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 1:45 am

    Life ban is way too harsh and illogical….just to set an example, they are destroying these boxer’s lives.


  8. ash (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 10:50 am

    This is so retarded. Cannabis is hardly performance enhancing, nor is it a hard drug. I am sure the heroin mafia is behind this ban.


  9. MB (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 6:11 pm

    Nadeem, have you gone nuts ?
    We are not talking about buble gum or cofee. We are talking about Cannabis. And that too for a player who has got the pride of whole nation at stake with him. I wonder why we forget the basics of sports when idolize the players.



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