Bahrain’s 400m world champion runner Salwa Eid Naser suspended in doping case

Salwa Eid Naser, the women’s 400m world champion from Bahrain, was provisionally suspended on Friday for not making herself available for doping tests. The Athletics Integrity Unit said it has charged the sprinter from Bahrain with whereabouts violations.
Naser, won the world title in October, finishing in 48.14 seconds — the fastest time by any woman since 1985, could miss next year’s Olympics if the case is proven.
Athletes are required to provide regular updates on their whereabouts to make it possible for anti-doping authorities to carry out surprise testing outside of competition. A violation means an athlete either did not fill out forms telling authorities where they could be found, or that they weren’t where they said they would be when testers arrived.
Three violations within 12 months can lead to a suspension if the athlete can’t justify why they weren’t available for testing.
The provisional suspension is the latest in a series of cases against Bahrain’s elite squad of female runners. Olympic steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet was banned four years in March for EPO, and Olympic marathon runner-up Eunice Kirwa picked up a four-year ban last year.

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