Amir Khan banned from all sport for two years after failing drug test

He tested positive for a banned substance.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 4th April 2023

Amir Khan has been slapped with a two-year ban from all sport after failing a drugs test after his fight against Kell Brook.

The Bolton-born Boxer and Olympic medallist tested positive for a banned substance in a urine sample collected from the fight at the Manchester AO Arena.

UK Anti-Doping said that Amir Khan tested positive for ostarine, an anabolic agent that’s ‘prohibited in sport at all times’.

The boxer was issued with a provisional suspension in April last year. He accepted the violations he was charged with but said that his ingestion of ostarine was not ‘intentional’.

He has now been banned from sport for the next two years, and his result from the Kell Brook bout disqualified.


Amir’s ban will expire on 5 April 2024, after starting from the date his provision suspension was imposed.

Speaking 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.”

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Featured image: Twitter, Amir Khan