The Athletics Integrity Unit [AIU] has filed an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] the challenging the decision of an independent anti-doping tribunal to clear world 400m champion Salwa Eid Naser of committing an anti-doping violation by missing three out-of-competition tests in 2019.
The news comes on the heels of reports that the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) had issued a statement in support of Bahamian Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who questioned why World Athletics didn’t sanction to Bahrani athlete who defeated her in the final of the 2019 World Championships 400m final in Doha.
Naser won in a world-leading 48.14, the third fastest time in history. However, she had missed three tests on March 12 and 16 and April 12 that year but was not suspended. One of those missed tests was being investigated while Naser was competing in Doha.
Naser was provisionally suspended on June 5, 2020 but was cleared by an Independent Tribunal in October after it was revealed during the hearing that the doping control officer turned up at the wrong address to test Naser.
However, the AIU announced on Twitter today that they would be challenging the decision.