Ranked doubles player Farah tests positive for banned substance

Ross Houston
January 15, 2020

In 2018, the Colombian Olympic Committee (COC) had raised the warning to its athletes regarding the consumption of beef.

Farah and the ITF, who won the 2019 Colombian compatriot Juan Sebastian Cabal Wimbledon and the US Open, confirmed the positive test outside of the competition on Tuesday.

Farah said he was tested two weeks earlier in Shanghai but that sample was negative. And I was also tested at least 15 other times randomly in the worldwide circuit throughout the year with the same negative result.

Farah is denying the accusation saying: "I am calm and confident in the results of this process since I have always acted correctly and honestly in my life". "I will work harder than ever to return to the courts in the shortest time possible". The pair, who made the 2018 doubles final at Melbourne Park and were awarded the ATP's doubles team of the year in 2019, had already pulled out of this week's Adelaide International warmup event.

In another major blow to the sport, Chilean player Nicolas Jarry has also been provisionally suspended, under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme.

Boldenone is widely used by farmers in Colombia to boost the growth of cows, but it is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Positive tests for Non-Specified Substances carry a mandatory Provisional Suspension.

The 24-year-old's sample showed traces of Ligandrol and Stanozolol running in his system.

Jarry wrote: 'I would like to you know that I have never deliberately or intentionally taken any banned substance in my career as a tennis player and in fact, I am completely opposed to doping'. The duo also reached the final of the Australian Open a year ago.

The 32-year-old Colombian, who was born in Montreal, Canada, and is now ranked World No. 1 in doubles.

It was reported that Farah had withdrawn from the season's first Grand Slam event for non-injury reasons.

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