Category Archives: Doping

Aziz Lahbabi suspended for doping

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Aziz Lahbabi for the presence and use of a prohibited substance, which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 2010 World Junior bronze medallist Champion will be the second doping ban after receiving a six-month ban for methylhexanamine in 2015.

The 2013 Mediterranean Games silver medallist was suspended after Use of a Prohibited Substance / Method (Article 2.2) – ABP case which is a prohibited substance under the World AntiDoping Code (“WADC”) and the ADR which violates article 2.2.

The 30 year-old won the 2014 Roma-Ostia Half Marathon with a significant personal best of 59:25 which was a Moroccan record and the fastest by a non-East African runner.

Vane Nyanamba suspended for doping Violation

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Vane Nyaboke Nyanamba for the presence and use of a prohibited substance, which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

Nyanamba was busted after an In-Competition urine sample test at the Zurich Marato Barcelona where she had finished in fifth place with a personal best of 2:25.32. She also holds a personal best of 1:08.58 that she got at the Barcelona Half Marathon in October 2021.

Analysis of the sample, carried out established an adverse analytical finding (“AAF”) for Norandrosterone, a metabolite of Nandrolone, which is a prohibited substance under the World AntiDoping Code (“WADC”) and the ADR which violates rule 2.1 and rule 2.2.

The 27 years-old last participated in Kenya for the Olympic Games Trials, that were held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, where she participated in the 10000m race finishing in position fourteen in a time of 35:01.79 automatically failing to make it to the team.

Seb Coe: Track and field dopers are “architects of their own downfall”

Seb Coe says British sprinter CJ Ujah’s ongoing doping case is a painful reminder that athletics is committed to cleaning up its act.

Ujah is provisionally suspended having tested positive for a banned substance after helping Team GB win an Olympic sprint relay silver medal in Tokyo.

The case is with the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and as the year ends the 27-year old has yet to learn his fate.

Ujah insists he is “not a cheat” and has “never and would never knowingly take a banned substance”.

Lord Coe, a former chairman of the British Olympic Association, said that “of course” he would be disappointed were the case against the Londoner to be proven.

It would mean not only him, but team mates Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, losing their medals and Team GB giving up the notable achievement of matching their 65-medal haul of London 2012.

But Coe, boss of World Athletics, added that from a broader perspective the case provided further evidence of track and field’s increased determination to protect its competitive integrity.

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe ( Image: PA)

“Take Great Britain out of this,” said Coe. “I would share the disappointment in any federation and in any athlete that falls fouls.

“I am sorry to say this, and I am not going to be romantic or emotional about it, they are the architects of their own downfall here. The rules are very clear. It is not arcane maritime law.

“We spend hundreds of thousands of pounds a year through the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), for its education programme, making sure athletes and federations understand what the roles, the rules, the obligations are.

“Take Great Britain out of this,” said Coe. “I would share the disappointment in any federation and in any athlete that falls fouls.

“I am sorry to say this, and I am not going to be romantic or emotional about it, they are the architects of their own downfall here. The rules are very clear. It is not arcane maritime law.

“We spend hundreds of thousands of pounds a year through the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), for its education programme, making sure athletes and federations understand what the roles, the rules, the obligations are.

“So, yes, I am disappointed in so far as every positive is not a good story. But in a way it does show that we are at least tackling this issue now and we are a federation who are not doing junk tests.

“We are not sitting there saying we have hundreds of thousands of meaningless tests. We are doing it in a very systemic and effective way. We will continue to that.”

World champions Christian Coleman and Salwa Eid Naser both missed Tokyo due to bans, as did 2016 Olympic hurdles champion Brianna Rollins-McNeal.

Ahead of the delayed Games, Coe even warned: “There is a greater chance of (cheats) being caught than probably any previous Games.”

Last night he added: “I want athletes to recognise that it really doesn’t matter where they reside, what systems they are in, whether they come from small, medium-sized, large, powerful federations.

“The philosophy is pretty simple, everybody will be treated exactly the same way. I think it is demonstrating that.”

Alberto Salazar’s lifetime ban upheld

Former American track coach Alberto Salazar’s lifetime ban appeal for sexual misconduct has been rejected by the US Center for SafeSport.

The 63-year-old was handed the lifetime ban following allegations he had emotionally and physically abused a number of athletes during his time as part of the Nike Oregon Project.

In January 2020, SafeSport temporarily banned Salazar with the decision subsequently made permanent in July 2021.

Salazar ran the Nike Oregon Project , based in Beaverton, Oregon.

It was established in 2001 and was the home of British four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah.

Farah has not been accused of doping, and left the Oregon Project in 2017.

A BBC Panorama film revealed last year that Farah was questioned about his relationship with Salazar by US investigators in 2015, but he has never failed a doping test, nor been accused of doping. Salazar also coached Dutch runner Sifan Hassan, who took triple medals at the just concluded Tokyo 2020 in the 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m. It eventually resulted in bans for both Salazar and Nike endocrinologist Dr Geoffrey Brown, announced in October 2019.

Before he became a coach, Salazar was one of the most talented distance runners of his generation, winning the New York City marathon in 1980, 1981 and 1982. He is also famous for the ‘Duel in the Sun’ at the Boston Marathon in 1982.

Elijah Manangoi Completes his two years Ban

The 2017 World 1500m champion, Elijah Manangoi will be free (from today midnight Dec 22) to compete after serving his two years ban for “whereabouts failures” that was imposed on him by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

The 28 years old was provisionally suspended after missing three tests from July 2019 to December 2019. The three missed tests in a 12-month span led to his suspension of two years which forced him not to defend his world title in 2019.

Manangoi is the 2015 World Champion silver medallist, 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and he is also the 2018 African 1500m Champion.

Manangoi was cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2017

The AIU was established by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) now World Athletics (WA) in 2017, has managed to conclusively handle over 250 doping cases with Kenya among those countries with most banned athletes.

World 100m champion set for return after serving 18-month ban

World 100m champion Christian Coleman, is set to return to running after serving his 18-month ban for breaching anti-doping whereabouts rules.

The 25 year-old plans to race for the first time in nearly two years at New York’s Millrose Games next month which will start on 29 January and it will be his first since February 2020 after the pandemic and the anti-doping suspension curtailed him.

“I think it will be emotional to get out there and finally display my talents again,” the indoor 60m world record holder said by telephone from Lexington, Kentucky, where he trains.

Colemen had been given a two-year suspension by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) before it was reduced to 18 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Antonio Infantino suspended for doping violation

Antonio Infantino was on Wednesday (15) suspended by the Italian Athletics Federation (FIDAL) for doping violations.

Antonio broke the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules 2.1 and 2.2 relating to the “presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample” and “use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or prohibited method”.

Infantino’s athletics career saw him win three English Schools sprints titles and three victories over 200m at the British Indoor Championships before he switched to represent Italy five years ago and has since raced for the Azzurri at the World Championships and Olympics.

Infantino studied philosophy at King’s College London he won the British Universities 200m title and went on to finish first at the British Indoor Championships over 200m.

He did not always receive the gold medal for these victories, though, because he switched to run for Italy in 2016 and won the 2018 British indoor 200m, for example, wearing Italian colours, with the British title instead going to runner-up Edmond Amaning.

Infantino also won AAA and Inter-Counties titles and then took Italian 200m titles when he switched nations.

In 2016 he reached the European 200m semi-finals in Amsterdam for Italy, ran in the heats of the World Championships in 2019 and at the Tokyo Olympics this year finished fifth in his heat in 20.90. His best times, however, are 10.26 for 100m and 20.41 for 200m – both of which were set in 2019.

Former 400m champion Returns to Bring Kenya African Glory

Twelve years after completing her doping suspension Kenya’s former national 400m record holder Elizabeth Muthuka came back with a bang to claim African glory.

The Kenya Prisons officer won four gold medals at the ongoing Africa Masters Athletics Championship hosted at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Muthuka who was slapped with a two year ban won her first ever international medals in her athletics at the continental competition in Nairobi.

Muthuka sprinted to finish in 64.37s to win the 400m race before dashing in a time of 27.22 seconds for the 200m top honours in the women’s 45-49 age group.

Muthuka who is the Officer in Charge of Prison in Meru put the icing on the cake by anchoring Team Kenya 4x100m and 4x400m teams to victory.

Muthuka anchored the quartet consisting of the World metric mile champion Joyce Kirui Africa 1500m winner Nelly Cheptanui and the Africa Long Jump and triple Jump gold medalists Regina Mulatya in stopping the timer in 56.93 to win.

In 4x400m competition, Muthuka led the team of continent’s 400m gold medalist Charity Wandia, Cheptanui Africa 1500m champion Beatrice Chepchumba in posting a time of 4:31.09 to crown Kenya’s glorious moment.

In the year 2007, Elizabeth Muthuka representing Kenya Prisons at the Athletics Kenya (AK) national championships first lowered Ruth Waithera’s record to 51.53 before she set the 50.82 mark in 400m to qualify for the Beijing Olympics at Olympic trials at Nyayo stadium.

Consequently, the athlete whose A and B blood samples tested positive for anabolic steroid Nandrolone, was slapped with a two-year ban by AK.

Muthuka was also compelled to return the Sh10, 000 she was awarded for lowering Waithera’s record and all earnings from the track.

Halima Hachlaf banned for six years for doping violation

The 2009 Mediterranean Games silver medallist Halima Hachlaf has been banned by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for doping violations.

The 33 year-old has been given six years for a second violation which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

On 23 January 2014, the Fédération Royal Marocaine d’Athlétisme (“FRMA”) Disciplinary Commission issued a decision confirming that the Athlete had committed an anti-doping rule violation under Rule 32.2(b) (Use of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method) of the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules based on an Adverse Passport Finding in relation to her Athlete Biological Passport and that a period of ineligibility of four (4) years from 19 December 2013 was imposed.

The second doping violation happened on 17 January 2021, when the Athlete provided a urine Sample, In-Competition, at the ‘4ème Meeting Fédéral’ held in Rabat, Morocco.

On 10 February 2021, the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) accredited laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland (the “Laboratory”) reported an Adverse Analytical Finding in the Sample for the presence of Methylprednisolone (the “Adverse Analytical Finding”).

Methylprednisolone is a Prohibited Substance according to the WADA 2021 Prohibited List under the category S9. Glucocorticoids. It is a Specified Substance prohibited In-Competition when administered by oral, intravenous, intramuscular or rectal routes.

The Moroccan received the hefty penalty after failing to respond to the charge given to her by the set deadline leaving the AIU with no option but to ban her for six (6) years for a second anti-doping rule violation under the ADR.

World Athletics Council prolongs suspension of Russia

The World Athletics Council has recommended the Congress of the global governing body of track and field athletics to prolong the membership suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) until all reinstatement requirements are met, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said on Wednesday.

Addressing the World Athletics Congress meeting on Wednesday, Coe said that the organization’s Council recommended earlier the 53rd Congress “to maintain the suspension of RusAF’s membership until all the agreed conditions” were implemented.

World Athletics and RusAF

World Athletics, suspended RusAF’s membership in November 2015, following a wave of anti-doping rules violations and formed a special mission on the issue. World Athletics, however, allowed clean athletes from Russia to participate in international tournaments under the neutral status or the Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA) until the membership of the RusAF is reinstated. The ANA status prohibited Russian athletes from participating in all international track and field tournaments under the national flag.

The World Athletics Council announced on November 22, 2019 its decision to extend the suspension of RusAF’s reinstatement process, based on charges brought by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). According to World Athletics, the AIU charged RusAF on November 21, 2019 “with obstructing an investigation and provisionally suspended several senior federation officials for tampering and complicity.”

The provisionally suspended senior officials at that time were then-President of RusAF Dmitry Shlyakhtin and several more high-ranking people from the federation for helping to falsify documents, which Russian high jumper Danil Lysenko presented as his excuse for skipping doping tests.

In March 2020, the World Athletics Council ruled to fine RusAF $5 million for an alleged involvement of the previous executive administration’s attempt to forge official documents of high jumper Danil Lysenko. RusAF repaid the fine on August 12, 2020.