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Google Doodle celebrates Pak squash player Hashim Khan

ISLAMABAD (APP): Google Doodle celebrated legendary Pakistani squash player Hashim Khan on Saturday. Hashim is widely revered as one of the sport’s all-time greatest players. On April 4, 1951, Khan won the British Open Squash Championships, propelling him from relative obscurity to the status of an international icon. Khan was born in 1914 and raised in Nawakilli, Peshawar. Establishing a career that earned him a spot in the US Squash Hall of Fame, Khan won seven British Opens, five British Professional Championships, three US Opens and three Canadian Opens. He died on August 18, 2014. The country delightedly says ‘Thank you’ to Hashim Khan for proving through hard work and determination that people from every background can achieve greatness.

Thailand, Malaysia get Tokyo ban over doping

LAUSANNE (Agencies): Weightlifters from Thailand and Malaysia will miss the Tokyo Olympics after the sport’s governing body said on Saturday it had banned their athletes after a high number of doping cases. The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said in a statement here the two countries’ lifters shall not compete at the Tokyo Games, regardless of the change of date. The Olympics have been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak and are now scheduled to be held from July 23-Aug. 8 2021. The Thai and Malaysian federations can appeal the IWF ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days. The IWF also imposed a $200,000 fine on the Thailand federation (TAWA), which had already voluntarily banned itself from all weightlifting, including the Tokyo Games, because of its recent doping record. “Half of it is imposed as a penalty, the remainder shall be used by IWF to offset IWF costs already incurred in connection with the TAWA matter and for additional IWF testing of TAWA athletes,” the IWF said. Eight Thai weightlifters, including two reigning Olympic champions, tested positive for banned substances at last year’s World Championships. The Thais were caught when the IWF carried out extra tests in Cologne, Germany, on samples taken last November from “target athletes” at the World Championships in Turkmenistan. The country was also involved in a doping scandal in 2011 when seven teenage girls were banned after testing positive, two of whom are among the six new cases. The IWF suspended TAWA’s membership status for three years, saying the sanction will be reviewed on or after March 7 2022 if “TAWA can demonstrate it has met pre-defined criteria”.

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