Badr Hari Fails Drug Test, Suspended for 19 Months

Rabat – The Netherlands’ national sporting authority, Instituut Sportrechtspraak (ISR), has suspended Moroccan heavyweight kickboxer Badr Hari for 19 months for failing an anti-doping test, with the retroactive to May 7, 2018.Badr Hari will be eligible to perform in the GLORY on December 7, 2019.Glory Sports International, the world’s leading stand up combat organization, announced the news in a press release on Saturday. All anti-doping tests were undertaken by the Doping Autoriteit Netherlands (DAN).Hari’s rival in Glory 51, that took place on March 3, 2018, Hesdy Gerges was also reprimanded for using prohibited substances.Hari and Gerges both tested positive after providing blood samples to Glory 51 ROTTERDAM. Hari won the Glory 51 by unanimous decision after three rounds but the result is now invalid.Gerges has publicly declined any usage of a performance-enhancing drug and announced that he is contesting the reprimand.GLORY CEO, Marshall Zelaznik, said that the organization does not tolerate PEDs.“GLORY takes a strong stance against the use of prohibited substances and expects the highest standards from its athletes. GLORY is committed to remaining a leader in the fight against the use of performance-enhancing substances in our sport,” said Zelaznik.Two other athletes have also tested positive. Brazilian light-heavyweight Ariel Machado, who faced Artem Vakhitov at GLORY 47, has been suspended for 20 months and Croatian heavyweight Mladen Brestovac, who faced heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven at GLORY 54, has been reprimanded. read more