International Testing Agency (ITA) has provisionally suspended Bahrain middle distance runner Alsadik Mikhou for receiving a blood transfusion during the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The Moroccan-born athlete competed in the men’s 1,500m heats last Tuesday, but failed to advance as he finished eighth in a time of 3:42.87.
The ITA reports that a sample collected from Alsadik Mikhou, runner from Bahrain, has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for homologous blood transfusion.
— International Testing Agency (@IntTestAgency) August 8, 2021
The 21 year-old is the third athlete to fail a doping test at Tokyo 2020. Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare and Kenyan 100m runner Mark Otieno Odhiambo were both previously suspended for drug violations.