Ryan Garcia attributes positive test to 'contamination' after 'B' sample confirmation

Ryan Garcia has categorically denied the deliberate use of performance-enhancing drugs following his B-sample’s positive result for a banned substance. The 25-year-old pugilist intends to claim that the positive outcome was due to contamination from an adulterated supplement.

Garcia was found positive for ostarine, a substance prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency since 2008, in two different tests conducted prior to his match against Devin Haney on April 20.

Following the confirmation of the positive B-sample results, Garcia issued a statement through his legal representatives. They proposed that “hair samples” could potentially show that Garcia was a “victim” of supplement contamination.

They highlighted Garcia’s history of voluntarily undergoing tests throughout his career, all of which had previously returned negative results.

Ostarine, a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) used to enhance muscle growth, has previously resulted in severe penalties for other athletes. British boxer Amir Khan faced a two-year suspension in 2022 after testing positive for the same substance.

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