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Punjab University athletes expose forced doping by management

Punjab University athletes expose forced doping by management

Two female athletes of the Punjab University have been expelled from the varsity after they and three other girls complained to the chief minister that they were being forced to use steroids to enhance their performance in sporting events, it is learnt.

On July 3, Bushra Mahmood, Aqsa Rashid, Aqsa Nawaz, Fauzia Parveen and Zunaira Liaquat, who are colour holders and have represented the university in various sports events, wrote an application to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Chaudhry Sarwar claiming that they were experiencing medical complications due to “excessive use of steroids” which was being forcibly administered to them by the university’s Sports Department officials. They alleged that some students had earlier been expelled from the university for not agreeing to take steroids.

The application said the athletes were injected steroids under the supervision of a coach. “When many [athlete] girls got sick after they were administered injections, they asked the nurse to tell them the names of the steroids. She told them that they were being given Crealine, Anbolic and Tamoxifen,” stated the application. The nurse was replaced afterwards, the students claimed.

The application alleged that many girls had developed serious medical complications. “The girls are told these are food supplements.” They students mentioned names of three women athletes and claimed that they would test positive in a dope test.

They claimed that the athletes were told that those who did not use the medicines would not get any stipend and their admission would also be cancelled.

“From 2013 to June 2014, many girls from the PU Sports Department were admitted to Emergency Department of Shaikh Zayed Hospital with low blood pressure and vomiting. This was due to the use of steroids injections and tablets,” the application claimed.

The athlete students had claimed that they had complained to PU Vice Chancellor Mujahid Kamran but he asked them to settle the issue with the Sports Department. “The additional sports director used to tell us that we must win medals… it is not possible without using food supplements,” said Bushra Mahmood, one of the students who have written the application.

“We request you (the chief minister, governor) to rescue us from the university administration’s tyranny. Many students of Sports Department do not have the resources to bear their sports expenses on their own… Several students are suffering from kidney problems. Action should be taken against the university administration and the culprits should be brought to justice,” the application said.

The chief minister has marked the application for a probe.


Meanwhile, a PU spokesperson denied that the students had contacted the vice chancellor to complain about any official of the Sports Department.

“Anyone can write a letter to defame the university. If there was any substance to their claims, the students should have contacted the VC first. They claim that they have contacted the VC office but they have not.”

He said two of the students who had written the application had been expelled from the university. “A faculty member from the PU Law College has been instigating these students to level baseless allegations,” he said, but did not disclose the names of the expelled students.

The spokesperson said some students were writing a letter to the chief minister, stating that they had neither used steroids nor had anyone ever pressured them to use steroids.

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