Issued on: 21/01/2020 – 18:50Changed: 21/01/2020 – 18:49

London (AFP)

Robert Farah, the sector’s top-ranked males’s doubles participant, was once provisionally suspended by way of the World Tennis Federation on Tuesday after checking out certain for a banned steroid, pending a complete listening to.

The ITF mentioned boldenone was once discovered within the Colombian participant’s device after an out-of-competition take a look at in October.

“On 11 January 2020, Mr Farah was once charged with an anti-doping rule violation underneath article 2.1 of the programme (presence of a prohibited substance in a participant’s pattern) and was once provisionally suspended with impact from 21 January 2020,” an ITF commentary mentioned.

“Mr Farah had (and keeps) the fitting to use to the chair of the unbiased tribunal convened to listen to his case why the provisional suspension must no longer be imposed, however has selected to not workout that proper thus far.”

Farah wrote on his social media accounts remaining week: “I am going via some of the saddest moments of my existence and, indisputably, the saddest of my carrying occupation.”

Boldenone is extensively utilized by farmers in Colombia to spice up the expansion of cows, however it’s banned by way of the International Anti-Doping Company.

In 2018, the Colombian Olympic Committee warned its athletes in regards to the presence of Boldenone in red meat.

“I am positive that is what generated the outcome from the take a look at in query,” mentioned Farah.

Canada-born Farah, 32, and fellow Colombian Juan Sebastian Cabal received the Wimbledon and US Open doubles titles remaining yr.

The pair have been additionally runners-up on the Australian Open in 2018 and have been because of play within the ongoing Grand Slam in Melbourne till the announcement of his doping case remaining week.

Cabal has teamed up with Jaume Munar of Spain in Australia.

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