Former boxing light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan was given a two-year suspension from all sports after testing positive for the banned drug ostarine. This chemical has the capacity to replicate the physiological effects of testosterone.
After the verdict of an impartial tribunal, the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) delivered a statement announcing the suspension on Tuesday. Khan denied purposefully taking ostarine despite retiring in May after losing to Kell Brook in a battle that lasted six rounds.
He voiced dissatisfaction over the absence of drug testing before the Brook fight and took ownership of breaking the anti-doping regulations.
The “strict responsibility” theory, however, holds athletes accountable for any illegal chemicals discovered in their samples, regardless of how they got there. Khan will be prohibited from participating in any sports for two years, beginning on April 6, 2022, even though the panel found that his infraction was neither intentional nor careless.
Khan has not yet made any public remarks regarding his suspension, but his supporters and admirers have expressed shock and dismay. Ostarine is a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM), a class of medication intended to mimic the effects of testosterone without the unfavorable side effects of steroids.
In addition to preventing muscle atrophy and osteoporosis, it can aid in boosting muscular mass, strength, and endurance. The World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) forbids ostarine at all times since it is regarded as an anabolic agent that can improve performance and provide health hazards.
Recent years have seen an increase in SARM-positive tests, notably among athletes competing in bodybuilding and combat sports, according to WADA. Ostarine is exclusively obtainable through illicit sources and is not authorized for use or consumption by humans in any nation.
Ostarine has been discovered in several dietary supplements promoted for bodybuilding, according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) website, but sometimes under false names or without being disclosed on the label. Athletes who utilize these items face the danger of accidentally ingesting ostarine and failing a drug test.