The world’s third fastest female 400 metres runner, Salwa Eid Naser, has been provisionally suspended by World Athletics, the sport’s governing body.
The Nigerian-born runner, who now competes for Bahrain, was suspended for failing to meet whereabouts criteria, said Athletics Intergrity Unit (AIU) today, June 5.
Naser clocked 48.14 seconds, the third fastest time ever, to win the global quarter-mile title in Doha, Qatar last year.
The 22-year-old runner switched allegiance to Bahrain in 2014, going on to win silver in the 400m at the Youth Olympic Games that same year.
Athletes monitored by AIU are required to provide their whereabouts 90 days in advance for doping tests out-of-competition.
Three whereabouts failures, whether in filing or a missed test, over a 12-month period, can result in a doping violation ruling for which the sanction is two years’ ineligibility subject to reduction depending on the athlete’s degree of fault.