Salwa Eid Naser Athletics Integrity Unit Appeals Against Dismissed Anti-Doping Charges

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Salwa Eid Naser Athletics Integrity Unit Appeals Against Dismissed Anti-Doping Charges

The Athletics Integrity Unit has appealed against the decision to dismiss anti-doping charges against world 400m champion Salwa Eid Naser.

The Bahraini was provisionally suspended in June after being charged with missing four anti-doping tests.

However, the World Athletics Tribunal dismissed the charges against the 22-year-old in October.

One of Naser’s whereabouts failures was dismissed because the doping control officer went to the wrong address.

Naser was found guilty of three whereabouts failures but cleared of the missed test charge, relating to an incident that happened on 12 April 2019.

As the three other missed tests were not within a 12-month period, they do not constitute a violation.

Naser ran the third-fastest time in history to claim the world 400m title in 2019.

The Bahraini, 22, ran 48.14 seconds – the third-fastest time in history – to claim the world title in Doha in 2019.

In an Instagram live video, she said she “only missed three drug tests” before the World Championships, which she described as “normal”.

But the AIU says there was a fourth whereabouts failure in January 2020.

She has been provisionally suspended.

In a statement, the AIU said: “The investigation into Ms Naser’s three whereabouts failures in 2019 was ongoing at the time of the Doha World Championships and she was not provisionally suspended at that time.

“Following conclusion of the investigation and a fourth whereabouts failure in January 2020, a notice of charge was issued and Ms Naser subject to an immediate provisional suspension.

“The disciplinary process is ongoing.”

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Speaking on Saturday, Naser said: “I’ve never been a cheat. I will never be. I only missed three drug tests, which is normal. It happens.”

Explaining that the missed tests occurred before September’s World Championships, she added: “Hopefully, it’ll get resolved because I don’t really like the image. It’s going to be fine. It’s very hard to have this little stain on my name.”

World Athletics’ anti-doping rules say a whereabouts violation consists of any combination of three missed tests or filing failures in a 12-month period.

Naser, who was born in Nigeria but switched allegiance to Bahrain in 2014, is the first Asian woman to be world champion in the discipline.

Salwa Eid Naser Athletics Integrity Unit Appeals Against Dismissed Anti-Doping Charges

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