Dutch Olympic sprinter Madiea Ghafoor caught transporting drugs, sentenced to eight-and-a-half-years in jail

  • Ghafoor was stopped at a border check in Elten in June where 50kg of ecstasy, 2kg of crystal meth and €11,950 in cash

  • The Dutch Athletics Union said it was shocked by the case and would investigate Ghafoor’s claim concerning doping materials

  • Ghafoor refused to reveal who she was transporting the drugs for and said she feared for the safety of her family

Amsterdam: Dutch Olympic athlete Madiea Ghafoor has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in jail after £2 million ($2.58 million) worth of ecstasy tablets and crystal meth were found in the boot of her car in Germany, DPA news agency has reported.

Ghafoor, 27, was stopped at a border check in Elten in June where 50kg of ecstasy, 2kg of crystal meth and €11,950 in cash were seized by police, the report said.

 Dutch Olympic sprinter Madiea Ghafoor caught transporting drugs, sentenced to eight-and-a-half-years in jail

File image of Netherlands sprinter Madiea Ghafoor. AFP

The athlete, who ran for the Netherlands in the 4x400m relay at the 2016 Olympic Games, pleaded not guilty to the charges at Kleve District Court and said she thought she was carrying doping materials, the German news agency said.

The Dutch Athletics Union said it was shocked by the case and would investigate Ghafoor’s claim concerning doping materials to ascertain who else might have been involved.

“We are stunned by the judgement,” a statement on the organisation’s website said. “With the ruling of the German court, the Athletics Union rejects the actions of Ghafoor.

“The Athletics Union condemns any use or trade in doping or drugs and fully commits itself to the Dutch doping law.

“The case has been transferred to the Doping Authority to investigate the extent to which the doping legislation has been violated.”

Ghafoor refused to reveal who she was transporting the drugs for and said she feared for the safety of her family, DPA said.

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Updated Date: Nov 05, 2019 15:52:36 IST