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Victoria Ohuruogu in trouble after training with banned boyfriend

Victoria Ohuruogu is being investigated for training with her boyfriend – who is currently serving a doping ban. In an investigation conducted by The Times, the Team GB 400m star, 29, was photographed training alongside her long-term partner Antonio Infantino, who was born in England but now represents Italy.

It was announced in April that the sprinter, who specialises in the 100 and 200m and competed at the Tokyo Olympics, had been banned for failing a drugs test. The couple, who have been in a relationship for 10 years, were spotted at Willesden Sports Centre in northwest London completing two 150m sprints by a reporter at The Times.

Under article 2.10 of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, an athlete is banned from association “in a professional or sport-related capacity with any athlete support person who is serving a period of ineligibility”. The UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) organisation opted not to comment on any active investigation on Ohuruogu.

Infantino told The Times: “Victoria has been my partner for over 10 years, and we live together and share a car,” he said. “I was running my own 150m session that Saturday. I still like to work out but have no intention of returning to track professionally. Vicky had a longer 400m session with her training partner, set by her coach [Christine]. As far as my lawyers have made me aware, I am allowed to be around Victoria, but not advise or support professionally.

“Christine has given Victoria her old training diaries and has done an incredible job since our old coach passed away last year. I do not wish for what happened with me to implicate her and we have been very careful for me not to be involved in any professional capacity.

“I do not coach, write the programme or advise in any sense. I was not at any of her major championships, as Christine attended these. I didn’t want my own problems with the sport to impact her — and now this has. I believe I have been careful not to breach what I understand to be the rules.”

UK Athletics have issued a statement regarding the photographs which read: “Athletes who compete for GB & NI and members of the world-class programme receive regular anti-doping education which outlines their responsibilities towards clean athletics and adhering to the WADA code.

“We will be communicating with the athlete concerned to ascertain the facts before making any further comment.” This is not how Ohorugu would have wanted her 2022 to end given the breakthrough year she has had on the track.

She ran a 400m personal best of 50.50 and claimed a Commonwealth silver medal as well as relay bronze at the World Championships in Eugene and the European Championships in Munich.

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.