Afghanistan boxer Mohammad Khaibar Nooristani was provisionally suspended for failing a doping test in the ongoing Asian Games 2023. This was the first doping test of the 19th season of the continental multi-sport tournament going on in Hangzhou, China. As per the International Testing Agency, the Afghan boxer lost his preliminary rounds on Monday, September 25, of his 71 kg weight class and was later tested positive for two banned substances.
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The sample was collected four days before his bout and the test was performed on September 21, Thursday. The international body released a statement and said, "The sample was collected by the ITA at the Asian Games Hangzhou during an out-of-competition anti-doping control performed on September 21, 2023.The athlete has been informed of the case and has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect. He has the right to request the analysis of the B-sample."
Earlier this week, the adviser to the Olympic Council of Asia's anti-doping committee, Mani Jegathesan had released a stern warning and said that players found guilty of drug usage will be rooted out of the competition with immediate effect.
Since more than 12,000 athletes are participating in the multi-sport event, testing each and everyone wouldn’t be possible. Hence, the adviser said that the players who create or break world records would be given priority. He also said that players could be tested at any time.