By James K. Attaglo Wilson
Bahamian sprinter – Shaunae Miller-Uibo has question the decision to dismiss charges against Salwa Eid Nasser.
Miller-Uibo won gold in women’s 200m race at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia is also calling on the Lord Sebastien Coe [World Athletics President] to provide a detailed explanation of all the different failures that unfolded in the Naser case.
Eid Naser , who won gold at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, was on Tuesday [October 20] cleared by an independent tribunal after she was charged with missing three missed drug tests in just over a month in 2019, due to a technicality and because one of the missed drug tests for which she was charged, was successfully challenged by her lawyers – Dr. Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle.
The Bahranian athlete [Eid Naser] missed the tests on March 12 and 16 and April 12, 2019, six months before the start of the Doha World Championships.
She was provisionally suspended on June 5, 2020 following the investigation of a fourth missed test on January 24, 2020.
But her exoneration did not go down well with Miller-Uibo who took to her Instagram page to ask plethora of questions.
“Why was no action taken?” asked Miller-Uibo.
“Why was the athlete not provisionally suspended until one year and two months later?”
“I cry foul play and believe there is a deeper explanation of how World Athletics … allowed this to carry on.
“We need to ensure that in athletics, we the athletes are not competing against any administrators whose only goal is for athletes to run faster, jump further and throw further at any cost.”
Miller-Uibo further argued that her concern is about whether World Athletics and the Athletics Integrity Unit are truly out to protect clean athletes;
“As senior administrators, their purpose is to protect and advance their athletes to the best of their abilities,” she said while indicating that the “recent turn of events” opens the door to many questions.
“How is it possible that this case lingered on until the World Championships?” she asked.