MONACO (AP) — Salwa Eid Naser was already being investigated for lacking doping checks when she raced to an upset win within the 400 meters on the world observe and subject championships.
The Athletics Integrity Unit confirmed Sunday that Naser was already underneath scrutiny for 3 “whereabouts failures” previous to her world championship win in Doha in October.
That implies that Naser could possibly be stripped of her gold medal if she’s discovered responsible. She additionally faces lacking subsequent 12 months’s Olympics in Tokyo.
The Nigeria-born sprinter, who represents Bahrain, surged previous Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo to win in 48.14 seconds, the quickest time since 1985.
The AIU, which oversees drug testing and disciplinary circumstances in observe, mentioned Sunday that Naser had already been underneath investigation on the time, and that she racked up a fourth whereabouts failure in January.
AIU data present she wasn’t charged and provisionally suspended till this week. The AIU assertion didn’t clarify the rationale for the delay.
Naser mentioned in an Instagram Dwell video on Friday that she was not a cheat and that lacking three medication checks earlier than the world championships “is regular” and “can occur to anyone,” based on an account of her broadcast revealed by NBC.
Athletes are required to offer common updates on their whereabouts to make it doable for anti-doping authorities to hold out shock testing outdoors of competitors. A violation means an athlete both didn’t fill out kinds telling authorities the place she or he could possibly be discovered, or that athletes weren’t the place they mentioned they might be when testers arrived.
Three violations inside 12 months can result in a suspension if the athletes can’t justify why they weren’t obtainable for testing.
The provisional suspension is the newest in a collection of circumstances towards Bahrain’s elite squad of feminine runners initially from African nations. Olympic steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet was banned for 4 years in March for EPO and Olympic marathon runner-up Eunice Kirwa picked up a four-year ban final 12 months.
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