Wednesday 21 March 2018

Athletics: Moroccan ace Selsouli faces life ban after testing positive for diuretic

Moroccan middle-distance runner Mariem Alaoui Selsouli will miss the London 2012 Olympics after testing positive for a banned diuretic, the IAAF have announced.

The 28-year-old, a leading contender for gold in the women's 1500m, has been provisionally suspended from all competitions.

Selsouli returned a positive test for furosemide at a meeting in France earlier this month, but has waived the right to have her 'B' sample analysed, though she still has the right to a hearing.

Selsouli has already served a two-year suspension from 2009-11 for a doping offence and could face a lifetime ban if found guilty again.

Elsewhere, a Greek athlete was excluded from her country's Olympic team following a remark about African immigrants posted on her Twitter account. The Hellenic Olympic Committee announced the decision despite an apology by the athlete, triple jumper Voula Papachristou.

Irish Independent

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