Iranian rider tests positive: whole team facing suspension

UCI announces that Iranian cyclist Rahim Emami returns positive test for steroids, the second failed test for his Pishgaman Cycling team in 12 months

An amateur racer has been banned for doping

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The Iranian Pishgaman Cycling Team are facing suspension after a second of their riders returned a positive anti-doping test within a 12-month period.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirmed on Friday that Pishgaman Cycling rider Rahim Emami failed an in-competition test for anabolic androgenic steroids at the Jelajah Malaysia event on October 18 2016.

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