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Egyptian javelin thrower Ihab Abdelrahman suspended for two years

Ihab Abdelrahman

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Egyptian Javelin thrower champion Ihab Abdelrahman was suspended for two years by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after he failed a doping test in 2016.

Abdelrahman who was expected to earn a medal in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero missed the summer games after he was temporarily suspended by the International Olympic Committee for doping. His second test sample taken in September was also positive as announced by the Barcelona International Lab.

“After waiting for six months, the Egyptian anti-doping agency officially informed me with my suspension for two years,” Abdelrahman said in a statement via his official facebook page. “I wasn’t astonished by the decision as you must expect anything when your opponent becomes the arbiter. I will lodge an appeal against the suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within a week.”

The 27-year-old who earned Egypt’s first medal at the Athletics’ World Championship after winning silver in Beijing in 2015 assured that he had never had banned substance throughout his career. “The Egyptian anti-doping agency should answer many questions before the Court of Arbitration. I will fight till the end to prove my innocence,” he added.

Egyptian Athletics Federation president Walid Atta supported the young athlete confirming that Abdelrahman is the victim of personal conflicts between the EAF and some people.

“Ihab Abdelrahman gave Egypt a lot. I see that he is being treated unjustly,” he told DMC TV channel.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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