World 400m champion Naser gets April dates for doping rules case

2019 400m World champion Salwa Eid Naser will have a two-day hearing for the consolidated appeals of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and World Athletics have been set for Thursday, April 22, and Friday, April 23, 2021.

In October 2020, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) disciplinary tribunal ruled that Naser had not committed an anti-doping rule violation in relation to an alleged filing failure and three missed tests between March 12 and April 12, 2019.

WADA and World Athletics both filed appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to challenge an independent tribunal ruling last the year that cleared Naser on a technicality for doping tests she missed.

A verdict could be announced urgently with the Diamond League track series set to start in May. The first women’s 400 race is on May 23 in Rabat, Morocco.

The women’s 400m events at the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled from August 3-6.

Naser, 22, won the world title in Doha in 48.14, the third-fastest time in history defeating heavy favourite Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, who clocked a personal best 48.37 to claim the silver medal.

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson was third in a personal best 49.47s

The Bahraini was allowed to keep the title despite being charged by the Athletics Integrity Unit with “whereabouts” failures — missed tests and incorrect updates on a database detailing where athletes can be found each day by sample collection officials.

Athletes can be banned for two years if they have three failures within one year.

Naser denied wrongdoing last year when the investigation was revealed and said missed tests could happen to any athlete.

If CAS overturns the initial ruling, the Bahrani athlete would miss this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

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