ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Bodybuilding Federation (PBF) has given deadline of one last month (June) to the clubs for submission of affidavits to the federation mentioning that they won’t be using any illegal substance for rapid muscle-building of the bodybuilders.
Talking to APP, Sheikh Farooq Iqbal, President PBF, said from July 1 the deadline will be over for the clubs. “Those clubs who will not submit the affidavits will be shutdown or banned,” he said.
It may be mentioned that four national bodybuilders had passed away this year including Matloob Haider, Muhammad Rizwan, Humayun Khurram (Mr Lahore, Mr Punjab, Mr Pakistan and South Asian Bodybuilding Championship 2016 gold medalist) and Hamid Ali (Ex-Mr Punjab). After that the PBF cancelled the registration of all bodybuilding clubs.
The Federation made it mandatory for the clubs to submit an affidavit to the federation mentioning that they would not be using any illegal substance for rapid muscle-building.
He said, “After the clubs submit affidavits to us we will send a list of them to the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB). Sheikh said to make it foolproof to prevent bodybuilders from using steroids or any illegal substance for growing their muscles, “We will be ensuring that dope tests are conducted at all levels of every bodybuilder to stop this menace.” “Dope tests will be conducted of each and every bodybuilder before any district, regional or national level championship,” he said. – APP