Badr Hari fails drug test, receives 19-months suspension

Former K-1 heavyweight world champion and one of the most notable kickboxers of our generation – Badr Hari has been issued a 19-month suspension due to a failed drug test.

The news was broken by Doping Autoriteit Netherlands (DAN) but the substance was not named. Hari’s suspension has a commencement date of May 7, 2018, which means “The Golden Boy” would be eligible for return on December 7, 2019. The 34-year-old Moroccan-Dutch heavyweight’s last fight was at “GLORY 51” on March 3, 2018, when he defeated Hesdy Gerges via UD, but now the outcome of the fight was overturned to “No Contest”.

Therewithal Hari, three more kickboxers were caught using PEDs.

Hesdy Gerges, who fought Hari at “GLORY 51”, also failed at the drug test after the bout was issued with an official reprimand by DAN but has denied any violation and has publicly indicated that he is contesting the proposed reprimand.

Brazilian light-heavyweight Ariel Machado has been suspended for 20 months following a positive test for banned substances at “GLORY 47”, where he challenged reigning champion Artem Vakhitov. His suspension has a commencement date of December 21, 2017.

Croatian heavyweight Mladen Brestovac has been issued with an official reprimand based on samples taken at his “GLORY 54” title challenge against heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven.

 

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