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Asian 400m record holder Masrahi out of Rio for doping

Friday, 29 July 2016

Youssef Ahmed Masrahi of Saudi Arabia celebrates after winning the gold medal for teh men's 400m during the 2011 Arab Games in Doha on December 16, 2011
Youssef Ahmed Masrahi of Saudi Arabia celebrates after winning the gold medal for teh men’s 400m during the 2011 Arab Games in Doha on December 16, 2011

Saudi Arabia’s Youssef Masrahi, the Asian 400m record holder, was dropped from the Rio Olympics on Thursday after failing a drugs test, the country’s Olympic committee announced.

The 28-year-old tested positive after a training session in June.

“So as to maintain the principle of transparency, the anti-doping committee of the athletics federation has decided to exclude Youssef Masrahi,” said the Saudi authorities in a statement.

Masrahi, who has denied taking a banned substance, will face a hearing on August 7.

Source by: AFP

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