(MENAFN- Muscat Daily) Oman's leading sprinter and Asian Athletics Championships 400m bronze medallist Ahmed Mubarak al Saadi has been slapped with a four-year ban for testing positive for a banned substance by the Oman Olympic Committee (OOC) anti-doping committee.
The OOC released a statement on Sunday and said that the athlete's ban will be with effect from November 8, 2017. It also said the results and medals achieved by Saadi will be considered null and void and in all likelihood, he will be stripped of medals won at the GCC Games in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in April and the Asian meets.
Saadi tested positive for banned substance, stanozolol, considered to be an anabolic steroid.
Saadi had been an Asian Indoor bronze medallist (48.51s) in 400m in China in 2014 and is reported to have admitted to the use of the banned substance after his A sample tested positive.
At the Asian Athletics Championships in July last year in the Indian city of Bhub-aneswar, Saadi had claimed a bronze in a time of 46.39s.
According to Oman Athletics Association (OAA) sources, Saadi has not asked for B sample test. 'He had gone to a private clinic in Dubai, UAE, during a competition and 'inadvertently' took it as a 'medicine for healing an injury', said an OAA official.
This is the second time a leading Omani athlete has been failed a dope test.
In 2012, Oman's ace sprinter Barakat al Harthi had failed a drug test during the Arab Games in Doha and banned for six-month ban Barakat had tested positive for methylprednisolone in Doha, where he won a silver medal in 100m.
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