Two-Time Word Medalist Mo Katir Suspended For Whereabouts Failure

The Spanish track runner plans to appeal the sanction citing this has nothing to do with doping or the use of banned substances

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Spanish athlete Mohamed Katir, winner of two World Athletics Championships medals, finds himself embroiled in controversy as he faces a provisional suspension from competition due to whereabouts failures

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has taken action against Katir, citing three instances of missed doping tests and whereabouts failures within the past year. The Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) swiftly responded to the AIU’s actions by suspending Katir’s license.

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Katir, a two-time World Athletics Championship medalist, vehemently denies any wrongdoing and has expressed his intention to appeal the suspension. 

Katir made waves at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest when he finished second in the 5,000m, only 0.14 seconds behind Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen. At the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, Katir took third in the 1500m.

In a statement to the media, Katir asserted that he believes there was no violation, arguing that he was present at the specified locations during the reported failures. 

He emphasized that the situation does not involve the use of prohibited substances or evasion of doping controls but rather stems from discrepancies in the reporting of his whereabouts.

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Katir’s suspension comes at a pivotal time in his career, with the World Indoor Championships and Olympic Games right around the corner.

You can read Katir’s full statement below (translated from Spanish):

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Photo Credit: Filip Bossuyt

Today Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has informed me of a provisional suspension due to what it considers a violation of the rules derived from three location failures in the last twelve months (whereabouts).

During the disciplinary procedure, AIU has agreed to my provisional suspension. Since I do not agree with the aforementioned decision adopted by AIU, I am prepared to appeal it to the corresponding authorities to be able to compete during the processing of the procedure.

I consider that there is no violation arising from three location failures in the last twelve months. In some of the location failures reported by AIU, I was available at the place, date and times provided by me. Over the last few months and years I have been subjected to a large number of out-of-competition doping controls in both urine and blood samples, without the slightest problem on my part.

It is important to keep in mind that we are not dealing with a case of violating doping rules for the use of prohibited substances or methods, or even for evading out-of-competition doping controls. This is a simple file derived from the completion of location data on the ADAMS platform that could generate location errors (whereabouts).

I am going to proceed to defend myself in the appropriate instances, as it cannot be otherwise. Therefore, I request that the right to the presumption of my innocence be respected until the corresponding procedure is processed and concluded.

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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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