News : World champion Naser gets rid of doping sanction
Rocambolesque story around world champion Salwa Eid Naser, provisionally suspended on June 5 by the Athletics Integrity Unit for violating the anti-doping regulations by not being available to pass tests three times in twelve months. Elite athletes, in accordance with the anti-doping regulations, must declare their usual location quarterly, training venues, competition planning and quarterly planning with possible locations and times, in order to be available for any out-of-competition control. And Naser had a priori violated that rule, so he had to be four years away from the slopes.
Made history in Doha a year ago
The Bahraini of Nigerian origin had not been able to be located in three surprise visits on March 12, April 12, 2019 and January 24, 2020. Salwa Eid Naser was erected in queen of the Doha World Cups, last October when he achieved, at the age of 21, the 400-meter title with a time of 48.14 seconds, the best time in 34 years. Ahead of her in the all-time rankings, there are only two suspicious marks left, credited by athletes from Eastern Europe, the only ones in history to have dropped below 48 seconds.
The statement reads the following:
“The World Disciplinary Court for Athletics has dismissed the charges brought by the AIU against Salwa Eid Naser (BRN) for alleged faults in his whereabouts. The decision can be read here. The AIU had charged the athlete with four alleged whereabouts failures that included a presentation failure (March 16, 2019 as of January 1, 2019) and three lost evidence (March 12, 2019, April 12, 2019 and January 24, 2020) occurred in the period from January 1, 2019 to January 24, 2020 ″.
“When making your decision, the Court did not confirm the alleged lost evidence against the athlete from April 2019. Therefore, the other three confirmed whereabouts failures did not occur within the 12-month period. required to prove an anti-doping rule violation under Article 2.4 of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules. The AIU has the right to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 30 days and will consider the reasons for the decision before determining whether to appeal ”.
History to not sleep
And why can’t that test from April 2019 be confirmed? For a surreal story that is detailed in the file. Tahar Righi, Bahrain athletics technical director, reportedly had recorded on behalf of Naser on the ADAMS app that he would meet between 6am and 7am that day on the 11th floor of building 964, block 908 of highway 833 Riffa, in Bahrain. But confusion for the anti-doping officer came as soon as he landed. The building was apparently 954, not 964 as Righi had reported.
Luckily the aforementioned agent had a photo of previous visits, according to the companions of ‘Runner’s World’, and was able to stand at the correct number. But there he doubted again. There were two doors: on the left, a wooden one with a large number 11, on the right, a double glass one, with 954. There the agent, according to the story, did not knock on the appropriate door (which was a warehouse and I didn’t even have a telephone). Then he wanted to make a phone call, which is what is done in the last resort, but it turns out that Naser’s number was not registered (not required). Result: the athlete assures that she was at home and that it was an agent error. The Court accepts that Naser and her boyfriend, the athlete Abbas Abubakar, were present in that apartment 11.