Discus thrower Victor Hogan will miss the next three major international championships after being slapped with a two-year ban for doping.
The former World Championships finalist tested positive for the prohibited substance mexylhexaneamine, officials confirmed on Thursday, after he was omitted from the national team for next month’s Rio Olympics.
His A and B samples, taken after Hogan shattered his personal best with a 67.62m heave at the SA Senior Championships in Stellenbosch in April, had both returned adverse analytical findings.
The 26-year-old athlete, ranked fifth in the world this season, had not contested the findings, according to SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport chief executive Khalid Galant.
Though he won the African title in Durban last month, two months after testing positive, Galant said Hogan would be allowed to keep his medal.
“There was no provisional suspension as it is not a specialised substance, so his suspension is effective as of yesterday (Wednesday) when he was informed of the ban.”
Aside from the Rio Olympics, Hogan was also set to miss out on next year’s World Athletics Championships in London and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April 2018.
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