Runner Mohamed Katir Handed 2-Year Ban for Whereabouts Failures

Spanish long-distance runner Mohamed Katir has been handed a two-year ban on account of three whereabouts failures.

Through a press release dated February 16, 2024, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) made an announcement regarding the same. Katir has been held to have had three whereabouts failures in the 12-month period from February 28, 2023.

With respect to the first filing failure, the athlete contended that he had to travel to Portugal owing to an exigency, but it was later found that the flight to Portugal was booked two days in advance. As for the second instance (involving both a missed test and a filing failure), Katir asserted that he faced certain technical issues with the ADAMS platform, which caused him to be unable to update his whereabouts information. However, as per system records, there were no issues with the said platform during the relevant period, and the athlete also failed to send his whereabouts information to the AIU via email. As to the third instance of whereabouts failure, a discrepancy in the time slot, attributable to a system error, was alleged. A review conducted by AIU revealed that the athlete changed the 60-minute time slot shortly after the Doping Control Officer’s visit.

As per Rule 2.4 of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules, any combination of three missed tests and/or filing failures within a 12-month period would amount to a whereabouts failure by the athlete. For violation of said Rule, on Feb 7, a notice was sent to the athlete, who accepted the consequences days later. Katir’s two-year suspension, which begins from the date of his provisional suspension, is set to end on February 6, 2026.