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The ATP’s Top-ranked (note: Farah is tied with his partner Juan Sebastian Cabal in the rankings) doubles player Robert Farah has tested positive for a banned substance.

Farah posted the news on social media not long after he pulled out of the Australian Open for what he initially cited as personal reasons.

His statement started as follows (translation via Google Translate): “I want to tell everyone about a situation that is making me live one of the saddest moments of my life and my sports career,”

The 32-year-old Colombian said he tested positive for a substance called Boldenona, which is a androgen and anabolic steroid .Farah believes that the positive test was the result of eating contaminated meat in his home country.

"I will not be able to play at the Australian Open, an event for which I had been preparing since December," Farah wrote in a statement on Twitter, which was later translated to English.

"A few hours ago the ITF informed me of the presence of Boldenona in a test that I did on October 17, 2019 in Cali,” he wrote. "Two weeks before the test mentioned ... I did an anti-doping test in Shanghai which had a negative result. And I was also tested at least 15 other times randomly in the international circuit throughout the year with the same negative result. As stated by the Colombian Olympic Committee in 2018, this substance is found frequently in Colombian meat and may affect athletes' test results."

Farah, partnered with fellow Colombian Robert Farah, had an historic 2019 campaign. The duo became the first Colombian pair to win the men’s doubles at Wimbledon and they also triumphed at the US Open, becoming the first South American duo to win the men’s doubles title in New York.