Brtish boxer Muhammad Ali, who competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, has been suspended from competition following a positive drugs test.
Ali, 21, gave the suspect sample when participating in the World Series of Boxing in the spring and faces a future of uncertainty after being banned by the AIBA.
“In accordance with the AIBA Anti-Doping Rules, the International Boxing Association has provisionally suspended English boxer, Muhammad Ali, flyweight category, with immediate effect after he tested positive for a non-specified substance included on the WADA Prohibited List,” said the AIBA.
“The boxer tested positive for type S1. 1A Exogenous AAS substances at the in-competition test conducted on the occasion of the World Series of Boxing match between Morocco Atlas Lions vs British Lionhearts held on April 21st. In accordance with the AIBA Anti-Doping Rules and the World Anti–Doping Code, the Boxer and England Boxing have been notified about the findings.
“The International Boxing Association (AIBA) welcomes and fully supports the anti-doping testing procedure put in place for competitions. AIBA is working with WADA to ensure that boxing is doping free and will take the appropriate action regarding this case.
“AIBA will not make any further comment until decision is made by the AIBA Anti-Doping Panel.
Commenting on the matter, GB Boxing told World Boxing News: “GB Boxing can confirm that a member of its squad has tested positive for a banned substance.
“The boxer is suspended from the GB Boxing squad pending the outcome of the process.
“The boxer has also been suspended from all international and domestic competitions, in accordance with the provisions of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Boxing Association (AIBA), until this process is finalised.”
“This is the first time that a member of the GB Boxing squad has tested positive for a banned substance. GB Boxing is committed to clean sport and we work in partnership with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and our International Federation to provide extensive education and support to our boxers on anti-doping rules, the anti-doping obligations upon them as athletes and the importance of adhering to the principles of clean sport.”