In what has to be one of the more stunning developments in something that we have covered previously, the country of Pakistan has actually banned bodybuilding competitions. This is not a decision that was made all of the sudden or had no real basis for why the decision was made. Tragically, four bodybuilders, all in separate incidents, have passed away within about a two week period. Recently, I told you all about the two big deaths in the Pakistani bodybuilding world.
The two men that died, from my earlier post, were not your run-of-the-mill amateur weightlifters either. No, these men were bodybuilding greats who were way ahead of the competition and both men had won medals for professional bodybuilding in their lifetimes. I had hoped, with every bone in my body, that there were not be any additional deaths and that this tragedy would be over.
However, this was not the case, as fate had other plans in store with these two other deaths involving bodybuilders. Initially, I really wasn’t sure if steroids had played a part in these serious events but two deaths, in such a short time and in a close proximity, has me wondering what to believe. Understandably, there aren’t many details that are being reported about these four strange and seemingly tied together cases.
Whether it is for sure has to do with a batch of tainted steroids or an indicator of something more widespread, I do not know. It appears that this countries officials are not blind as to what could be behind all four of these deaths. Officials even cite excessive steroid use as the reason as to why competitions involving bodybuilding have been banished. The length of the ban on bodybuilding shows is yet to be determined, judging from the statement that was made by the Pakistan officials, it looks like it could last for a while.
What Pakistan Plans to Do to Stop This
I appreciate what this country is doing to fight back, concerning the recent wave of steroids that has left a bad mark on the country. Some are even calling into question the local gyms in the area that were affected by the recent deaths, wondering what really went on behind closed doors. We have a lot of fingers to point for blame but it seems like there is no single scapegoat, at the moment. Looking closer into the theory of the fitness centers being to blame, if we look at steroid run ins with the law in America, I could definitely see the point that Pakistan officials are making.
If you visit a big name gym that is backed by a corporation, you can rest assured that things will most likely be on the up and up. However, venturing into the smaller health centers where the rules have a greater tendency to bend or break, one could obtain steroids. I don’t want to throw every mom and pop health club under the bus here, I think the places where these kinds of supplements would be available are few and far between, for good reason. I sincerely hope that with the ban put in place by Pakistan, I will not have to say anything else about the tragedies that have taken place within this country in a matter of weeks. I was going to make it sure that I updated all of you on these four horrible incidents, I wished that the news would have been better.