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UFC featherweight Bharat Vijay Kandare given two-year suspension by USADA

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Bharat Vijay Kandare has been suspended two years by USADA.
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UFC featherweight Bharat Vijay Kandare will be sidelined for two years.

The 29-year-old Indian fighter has accepted a two-year suspension after violating the UFC’s Anti-Doping Policy in an out-of-competition drug test conducted on July 23, USADA officials announced Monday. Kandare tested positive for exogenous boldenone — an anabolic agent — and its metabolites in the failed test, as well as a metabolite of tamoxifen, which USADA classifies as a hormone and metabolic modulator. Kandares’s two-year suspension is retroactive to Nov. 2, the date of his initial provisional suspension.

Kandare (5-2) has competed only once in the UFC. He lost his promotional debut via first-round submission to Song Yadong last November at UFC Shanghai.

Kandare was scheduled to compete in a bantamweight contest earlier this year against Wuliji Buren at UFC 227 but withdrew from the contest.

“The goal of the UFC Anti-Doping Program is to deter the use of performance-enhancing drugs and this necessarily means we will identify and hold accountable those who use performance-enhancing substances to gain an advantage in the Octagon,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said Monday in a statement.

“As the Program continues to grow and innovate, we will do our best to continue to protect clean athletes so that athletes can win in the Octagon without cheating and endangering their health and safety and that of their competitors.”

Kandare will be cleared to return to UFC competition on Nov. 2, 2020.

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