Bahraini Salwa Eid Nasser, the world champion in the 400m race, was suspended for two years
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced on Wednesday that Bahraini runner Salwa Eid Nasser, the world champion in the 400m race, was banned for two years for violating anti-doping rules, and thus she will miss the Tokyo Olympics. (CAS) annulled a decision to acquit the Bahraini, which was taken last October by the Disciplinary Court of the International Association of Athletics Federations. Thus, the 23-year-old athlete and runner-up to the world in London 2017 before winning the Doha 2019 gold “was sanctioned by a two-year ineligibility period” from Wednesday, subject to the temporary suspension that was implemented from June 4 until October 14, 2020. Her results have also been erased “as of November 25, 2019”, which deprives her of the world title she won a month ago since that date when she recorded the third fastest time in history (48.14 seconds), smashing the record of the French Marie-José Peric recorded in the Games Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. Without disclosing the reasons for the penalty, CAS found the Bahraini-Nigerian sprinter “guilty of violating Article 2.4” of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ anti-doping rules, which penalize athletes who fail to test for doping 3 times over a one-year period. Elite athletes in all athletics competitions are subject to strict duties to determine their whereabouts (address, camps, training, competitions), with the need to set a timetable to specify the time and place in order to undergo a surprise test for doping. The Athletics Integrity Unit blamed Nasser for 4 violations: her failure to locate her (January 1, 2019), missing checks on March 12, 2019, April 12, 2019, and January 24, 2020. But the Disciplinary Court decided last fall to reject a violation of April 2019’s absence, making punishment impossible.