Former Team GB amateur boxer, Rio 2016 Olympian, WSB fighter Muhammad Ali has formally been banned from all sport after previously being provisionally suspended for testing positive for the steroid Trenbolone. Ali was provisionally suspended in May of last year whilst all parties involved delegated and ruled on a punishment for the Yorkshireman Ali, receiving a two-year suspension commencing from May 2017 running till May 2019. This verdict announced by the global amateur governing body means that he would then be eligible to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Ali who was a silver medalist at both of the world youth championships and European games in 2016, was highly tipped for medal success at Toky 2020.
In a statement, AIBA said it “welcomes and fully supports the anti-doping testing procedure” at its competitions and is working with the World Anti-Doping Agency “to ensure that boxing is doping-free”.
A spokesperson for GB Boxing told PA Sport: “We have noted the conclusion of AIBA’s findings on this issue and that it is of the opinion that the athlete did not take the prohibited substances with the intention to cheat.
“GB Boxing is committed to clean sport and we work with UK Anti-Doping 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.”