Amir Khan banned for two years following anti-doping rule violations

BREAKING NEWS: Amir Khan is BANNED from all sport for two years over doping rule break he’s kept quiet on for 12 months, after he tested positive for a bodybuilding drug when he fought Kell Brook

  • Amir Khan has been banned from sport for two years after a doping rule break 
  • Khan tested positive for ostarine after his fight with Kell Brook in February 2022
  • The 36-year-old claimed his ingestion of the banned drug was not ‘intentional’ 

Amir Khan has been banned from all sport for two years following anti-doping rule violations for the presence and use of a prohibited substance.

A urine sample collected by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) from the 36-year-old after his fight against Kell Brook in February 2022 contained an Adverse Analytical Finding for ostarine – a banned bodybuilding drug.

UKAD notified Khan – an Olympic silver medalist and former world super-lightweight champion – of this on April 6 2022 and issued him with a provisional suspension, meaning he has known about this for 12 months.

On July 20 2022, they then charged the boxer with two Anti-Doping Rule Violations for the presence and use of a prohibited substance.

Khan accepted the violations but maintained his ‘ingestion of ostarine was not “intentional”‘.

Amir Khan has been banned for two years following anti-doping rule violations a year ago

Ostarine was found in a urine sample Khan provided following his loss to Kell Brook last year

This meant the case was referred to the National Anti-Doping Panel and was considered by an independent tribunal which heard the case on January 24 2023. 

In the written decision it came to, dated 21 February 2023, the independent panel found him to be guilty of both violations, but concluded Khan had not done so intentionally.

In a statement, UKAD said: ‘Professional boxer and Olympic medallist Amir Khan has been banned from all sport for two years following Anti-Doping Rule Violations for the presence and use of a Prohibited substance.

‘Ostarine is a selective androgen receptor modulator. The substance is listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2022 Prohibited List as an anabolic agent and is prohibited in sport at all times.’

UKAD’s statement continued: ‘Mr Khan accepted the violations charged but maintained that his ingestion of ostarine was not “intentional”.

‘The panel also disqualified Mr Khan’s result from the bout against Mr Brook.’


Ostarine is a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM) – a type of therapeutic compound used for stimulating tissue growth like muscle and bone. 

The substance is not approved for human consumption in any country and is prohibited at all times in sport by WADA. 

There have been a rising number of positive tests involved ostarine and other SARMs in recent years, with athletes likely to obtain the substance from black market channels.

Ostarine can be found in other products – but only illegal ones, and a doctor will never prescribe a treatment or medication that contains it.

Some dietary supplements can contain SARMs such as ostarine and are sold as ‘legal steroids’ or ‘research only’ chemicals, according to USADA.

There is interest in ostarine to treat a number of muscle-wasting diseases, including cancer, osteoporosis and hypogonadism. 

Ostarine MK-2866, also known as ostarine or enobosarm, is a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) that is popular among bodybuilders and athletes for its ability to build muscle mass and increase strength with minimal side effects.

What sets Ostarine MK-2866 apart from other SARMs is its unique ability to promote both muscle growth and bone health. 

In a clinical trial, Ostarine MK-2866 was shown to increase lean body mass in healthy men while simultaneously reducing fat mass.  

Khan lost to his long-time rival Brook via a sixth-round TKO in the fight, before he announced his retirement shortly after the loss.

As he hasn’t fought since then, his ban had been backdated to the time of the provisional suspension in April 2022 – meaning it will expire in April 2024.

Commenting on the case, UKAD chief executive Jane Rumble said: ‘This case serves as a reminder that UKAD will diligently pursue Anti-Doping Rule Violations in order to protect clean sport.

‘Strict liability means Athletes are ultimately responsible for what they ingest and for the presence of any Prohibited Substances in a Sample.

‘It is important that all Athletes and their support personnel, whatever level they are competing at, take their anti-doping responsibilities seriously.

‘Not doing so risks damaging not only an Athlete’s career, but also undermining public confidence in clean sport.’

The announcement of his ban comes on the same day Khan appeared on Good Morning Britain when he revealed the impact of a gunpoint robbery last year where he was robbed of a £72,000 watch.

Khan was leaving a restaurant with wife Faryal in Leyton, east London, on April 18 when he was confronted by an armed robber who threatened him stealing his diamond-encrusted watch. 

Khan said: ‘Look, I’m very picky now where I go. I pick and choose what time I go to places and make sure that sometimes I take security with me if I got to a very busy place.

‘But it’s made life a bit more difficult now to just travel on my own or with my family to places where I would normally go.

‘Since it’s happened to me, I am a little bit scared now when I go to different places.’

Presenter Kate Garraway said Khan’s admission was all the more thought-provoking as he is a professional fighter.

He said: ‘The thing is, when you have a family, you have children, you think differently and you do everything for them.

Khan accepted the violations but maintained his ‘ingestion of ostarine was not “intentional”‘

An independent panel ruled Khan had committed a violation but had not done so intentionally

‘So, I just want to make sure that I’m going to be safe. I want to see them grow up and I want to be a role model for them.’

Khan became one of the biggest names in British boxing after he rose to fame when he won an silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics for Great Britain at the age of just 17 – becoming Britain’s youngest boxing medalist in the process.

During an impressive career, he became super-lightweight world champion and took part in major fights against the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Marco Antonio Barrera and Danny Garcia among others.

After retiring in May of last year in the aftermath of his fight with Brook, he ended his career with 34 wins from 40 fights.


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