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Mohamed Katir: World 5,000m silver medallist provisionally suspended


World 5,000m silver medallist Mohamed Katir has been provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after lacking three doping assessments.

The 25-year-old Spaniard is the world indoor 3,000m file holder and the European file holder over 5,000m.

Athletes should log their whereabouts to help unannounced out-of-competition assessments, with three missed assessments in a 12-month interval leading to a violation.

Katir, who received world 1,500m bronze in 2022, will attraction in opposition to the sanction.

In an announcement Katir stated he has been subjected to a lot of out-of-competition doping assessments – each urine and blood samples – over latest months “with out the slightest drawback”.

“I think about that there isn’t a violation arising from three location failures within the final 12 months,” Katir stated.

“In among the location failures reported by the AIU, I used to be obtainable on the place, date and time supplied by me.

“You will need to understand that we aren’t coping with a case of violating doping guidelines for the usage of prohibited substances or strategies, and even for evading out-of-competition doping controls.”

In response to the athletes’ assertion, the Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) reiterated its dedication to “rigorous compliance” with anti-doping frameworks and stated it “will stay attentive to the selections adopted by the competent authorities”.

“It’s essential to stress that the integrity of the competitors and the spirit of sportsmanship represent the basic pillars of a clear and truthful sport, and should be defended above any sporting achievement,” the RFEA added.

“Consequently, as soon as the official notification concerning the opening of the file was obtained by the World Athletics Integrity Unit, the athlete’s license was instantly suspended.”

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