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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Britain's silver medallist Chijindu Ujah suspended for doping violation
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Britain's silver medallist Chijindu Ujah suspended for doping violation

The AIU announced Thursday that the doping control laboratory in Tokyo had notified the International Testing Agency of an “adverse analytical finding” in Ujah's doping sample.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Sebastian Coe backs calls to review marijuana's status on banned substances list
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Sebastian Coe backs calls to review marijuana's status on banned substances list

Speaking to news agency journalists in Tokyo at the Olympic Games, Coe said it was "sensible" to look at the question of whether marijuana should remain on the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kenya call up Timothy Cheruiyot, drop four athletes from squad in final changes
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kenya call up Timothy Cheruiyot, drop four athletes from squad in final changes

Cheruiyot finished fourth in trials in June after aggravating a hamstring injury and suffering a family bereavement and was left out of Team Kenya altogether.

High jumper Danil Lysenko handed retroactive six-year ban for attempting to deceive anti-doping authorities
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High jumper Danil Lysenko handed retroactive six-year ban for attempting to deceive anti-doping authorities

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled Lysenko tampered with the anti-doping process and failed to inform anti-doping bodies of his whereabouts.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: World 400m champion Salwa Eid Naser to miss Games due to two-year doping ban
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: World 400m champion Salwa Eid Naser to miss Games due to two-year doping ban

Sport's top court upheld an appeal by World Athletics against a ruling by the federation's own disciplinary tribunal which had cleared Nigerian-born Naser of missing doping tests.

Russian hurdler Sergey Shubenkov cleared of doping charges in 'genuinely exceptional' case, says AIU
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Russian hurdler Sergey Shubenkov cleared of doping charges in 'genuinely exceptional' case, says AIU

The 2015 world champion in the 110m hurdles had tested positive for acetazolamide, a masking agent, in an out-of-competition test in December 2020.

Olympic silver medalist Luvo Manyonga handed four-year ban over missed doping tests, whereabouts violations
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Olympic silver medalist Luvo Manyonga handed four-year ban over missed doping tests, whereabouts violations

The 2017 world champion’s four-year ban runs into December 2024, including the Tokyo Olympics next month and the 2024 Paris Olympics.

South African Olympic long jump silver medallist Luvo Manyonga handed four-year ban
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South African Olympic long jump silver medallist Luvo Manyonga handed four-year ban

Manyonga, world champion in 2017, finished second at the Rio Olympics in 2016, but will now likely miss the rescheduled Tokyo Games later this year.

Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna McNeal banned by Athletics Integrity Unit for doping violation
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Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna McNeal banned by Athletics Integrity Unit for doping violation

McNeal, 29, can still take part in the US trials for the Tokyo Olympics later this month while she appeals the ban, which is backdated to August 15, 2020, the AIU said in a statement.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: World champion Salwa Eid Naser gets court date for doping rules case
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: World champion Salwa Eid Naser gets court date for doping rules case

Naser ran the fastest women’s 400 since 1985 to win the world title 18 months ago in Doha, Qatar, while she was under investigation.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Ten Russians to compete in athletics under neutral flag
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Ten Russians to compete in athletics under neutral flag

The ANA scheme allows Russian competitors who meet strict anti-doping criteria to participate in global track and field events, but under a neutral flag and in neutral clothing.

Tajikstan's Olympic gold medal winner Dilshod Nazarov handed two-year ban for doping, says AIU
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Tajikstan's Olympic gold medal winner Dilshod Nazarov handed two-year ban for doping, says AIU

Re-testing of Nazarov's sample from the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, had shown the presence of a prohibited substance, namely DHCMT, or oral turinabol, a performance-enhancing anabolic steroid.

Leading 800m runner Nelly Jepkosgei handed three-year ban for faking car accident to escape drug test
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Leading 800m runner Nelly Jepkosgei handed three-year ban for faking car accident to escape drug test

The Athletics Integrity Unit ruling said Jepkosgei admitted the deception after the Kenyan anti-doping agency investigated her claims.

Former Russian athletics president Dmitry Shlyakhtin banned in doping cover-up case
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Former Russian athletics president Dmitry Shlyakhtin banned in doping cover-up case

The Athletics Integrity Unit said the case involved “submission of forged documents and false explanations” in a 15-month probe into why high jumper Danil Lysenko wasn't available for drug testing.

Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna McNeal provisionally suspended for doping violations
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Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna McNeal provisionally suspended for doping violations

The 29-year-old American, who claimed Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and also won world gold in Moscow in 2013, was charged with "tampering" with part of a doping control, the AIU said.

Former 800m world champion Marina Arzamasova handed four-year doping ban
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Former 800m world champion Marina Arzamasova handed four-year doping ban

Marina Arzamasova, who won the 800 meters at the 2015 worlds in Beijing, had been provisionally suspended after testing positive in 2019.

Men's 100-metre world champion Christian Coleman formally appeals two-year doping ban in CAS
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Men's 100-metre world champion Christian Coleman formally appeals two-year doping ban in CAS

The court also received an appeal by the World Athletics governing body against a decision to clear women's 400-meter world champion Salwa Eid Naser on a technicality despite facing similar charges as Coleman.

Former 1,500 metres World Champion Elijah Manangoi handed two-year suspension for missing doping tests
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Former 1,500 metres World Champion Elijah Manangoi handed two-year suspension for missing doping tests

Manangoi, 27, took the silver medal at the 2015 Beijing world championships before winning gold in London two years later.

World 100m champion Christian Coleman to miss Tokyo Olympics 2020 after 2-year ban
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World 100m champion Christian Coleman to miss Tokyo Olympics 2020 after 2-year ban

The AIU charged Coleman for missed tests in January and December 2019, as well as for a "filing failure" last April.

Doping charges against Bahraini 400m world champion Salwa Eid Naser dismissed due to technicality
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Doping charges against Bahraini 400m world champion Salwa Eid Naser dismissed due to technicality

Naser stunned athletics in Doha last year when she powered to the third-fastest 400m time in history to win the world title.