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Georgia's Benik Abrahamyan competes in the Men's Shot Put Qualifying Round during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Georgian shot putter Benik Abrahamyan has been provisionally suspended and will miss Tuesday’s competition at the Tokyo Olympics after failing a doping test for steroids, the International Testing Agency (ITA) said on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old, who also competed at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics, tested positive during an out-of-competition test conducted on July 31 in Tokyo. He can now demand his ‘B’ sample be tested, the ITA said.

There’s a doping problem at the Olympics and it’s only getting worse

“The athlete ... has been informed of the case and has been provisionally suspended until the resolution of the matter,” the ITA, which is in charge of testing for banned substances at the Games, said in a statement.

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This is the second anti-doping rule violation at these Games after Nigerian sprinter and 2008 Olympics long jump silver medalist Blessing Okagbare was also provisionally suspended after a positive test for human growth hormone three days ago.

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