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World 400m champion provisionally suspended for whereabouts failure

Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain was given a provisional suspension on Friday

The 2019 400m world champion, Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain, has been given a provisional suspension from the Athletics Integrity Unit for a whereabouts failure. The third-fastest 400m runner of all time became the first Asian woman to win the world championships in her event last fall.

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According to World Athletics anti-doping rules, three missed tests or filing failures within a 12-month period constitute a whereabouts violation. Out-of-competition testing (test that don’t take place at a race) work on a “three strikes” model – a third missed test in a 12-month period is treated like a positive test, and a competition ban of two years is standard.

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