Salwa Eid Naser, who ran the third-fastest 400m in historical past eventually 12 months’s world championships in Doha, has made the extraordinary declare that lacking three medicine assessments in a 12-month interval “is regular” after she was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit.
“I’ve by no means been a cheat. I’ll by no means be,” stated the 22-year-old Bahraini in an Instagram dwell video. “I solely missed three drug assessments, which is regular. It occurs. It will probably occur to anyone. I don’t need individuals to get confused in all this as a result of I might by no means cheat.”
Naser, who’s going through a two-year ban, additionally claimed her missed assessments got here earlier than she ran 48.14 seconds in Doha to say a shock gold medal, beating the Olympic champion, Shaunae Miller-Uibo. “This 12 months I’ve not been drug examined,” she stated. “We’re nonetheless speaking concerning the ones of final season earlier than the world championships.” Naser’s time was the quickest in 34 years, with solely the East German Marita Koch, in 1985, and the Czech athlete Jarmila Kratochvilova, in 1983, having run sooner.
Though neither of these ladies failed a drug take a look at, their occasions are considered suspicious given drug-taking in japanese Europe was systemic and state-sponsored through the 70s and 80s.
Naser, who moved from Nigeria to Bahrain when she was 14, gained a silver medal over 400m on the 2017 world championships in London and is a former world youth champion.
“Hopefully, it’ll get resolved as a result of I don’t actually just like the picture, however it has occurred,” stated Naser. “It’s going to be effective. It’s very onerous to have this little stain on my title. I might by no means take performance-enhancing medicine,” she added. “I imagine in expertise, and I do know I’ve the expertise.”
There have been three different main doping circumstances amongst Bahrain’s high feminine runners lately, together with the Olympic steeplechase champion, Ruth Jebet, and the Olympic marathon runner-up, Eunice Kirwa, who examined optimistic for EPO, and the world indoor 400 champion, Kemi Adekoya, who was discovered to have taken anabolic steroids. All had been banned for 4 years.