Bulgarian weightlifter Boyan Polejanov has tested positive for steroids, the Bulgarian weightlifting federation said on Friday.
Polejanov, who finished seventh in the +105 kg category at the European Championships in Minsk in April, tested positive for the banned anabolic substance methandienone.
The 25-year-old has denied any wrongdoing but announced he would retire and not seek a B sample test.
“The whole situation is very confusing as no one can still explain where it came from,” Polejanov told Bulgarian media. “Anyway, I’ll not continue with weightlifting, that’s for sure.”
Bulgarian weightlifting has been hit by a number of doping scandals and organisational problems in recent years.
The Balkan country withdrew its team before the start of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing after 11 members failed doping tests and missed last year’s world championships due to financial problems.
In December, Bulgaria’s sports ministry stripped the domestic federation of its licence.