Doping Ban for Bahraini Runner Salwa Naser

After a new doping scandal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) banned the Bahraini runner Salwa Naser.

The world’s 400m champion two years in a row, Naser, violated the anti-doping rule. Thus, she missed the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reversed a Disciplinary Tribunal’s October 2020 decision. Which at the time had cleared the Bahraini runner.

In fact, the CAS found the Bahraini runner guilty under article 2.4 of the anti-doping rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations. The foundation penalizes athletes with a combination of three missed doping tests over a year.

The 23-year-old was the runner-up for the world champion in London 2017 and a gold medalist in Doha 2019. She was sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of two years. With consideration to the period of provisional suspension already served between the 4 June and 14 October 2020.

According to the decision, Salwa’s results from 25 November 2019 through to the date of notification shall be disqualified, which strips her from the world title she won a month prior to that date.

At the time, the Bahraini runner Salwa Naser ran the third-quickest time in history, 48.14sec, breaking the record of the French Marie-Jose Peric in Summer Olympics Atlanta 1996.

Athletes all around the world are subject to strict procedures and sudden rounds of doping tests.

The Athletics Integrity Unit blamed Naser for four violations, a filing failure and three missed doping tests on 12 March 2019, 12 April 2019, 24 January 2020.

Last fall, the Disciplinary Court decided to reject the April 2019 absence violation, making punishment impossible.


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