Two Athletes Banned for Four Years After Failing Anti-Doping Tests in Kuwait

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KUWAIT CITY, April3: Director General of Kuwait Anti-Doping Agency Hana Al-Bati stated that as part of the national anti-doping program for the 2022/2023 sports season, the agency has examined athletes engaged in different sports in accordance with the international standard for conducting tests and investigations of the World Anti-Doping Agency, reports Al-Jarida daily.

Hana Al-Bati

Al-Bati explained that the test results revealed two positive cases, indicating some athletes took banned substances as per the international standard for the prohibited list of dope and Article 2-1 of the rules of Kuwait Anti-Doping Agency, which states “the presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or traces of it in the sample taken from the athlete” is a violation of the anti-doping rules.

So far, the cases were referred to the Kuwaiti Disciplinary Committee specializing in doping issues which, in turn, investigated the athletes and issued the appropriate decision for each case.

A four-year ban was imposed on weightlifters Tariq Samir Abu Rabei and Fawaz Meshaal Farhan for taking a substance that falls under the category of anabolic androgenic steroids. This is done through tests conducted outside the competition.

Accordingly, as a matter of strict responsibility and out of concern for the health of athletes; the agency emphasized the need to refer to the list of prohibitions circulated to all sports federations and clubs. It also underscored the importance of ensuring that the medical staff of the team is consulted before taking any substances or medicines, and that medical exemption is obtained if an athlete needs to take any of the prohibited treatments.

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