Moscow: French sprint hurdler Alice Decaux is the latest athlete to fail a drugs test and has been provisionally banned after testing positive for a banned stimulant, French officials said on Friday.
Decaux had been due to compete in the World Championships, which begin in Moscow on Saturday, but did not travel with the French team following her hearing on Thursday. “She took a supplement containing amphetamines at the European team championships in Gateshead, England in June,” Michel Marle, head of French federation disciplinary committee said. “She is provisionally suspended and cannot take part in the world championships.”
Decaux finished fourth in the Gateshead 100m hurdles in 12.94 seconds but recorded a personal best 12.7 seconds in the French championships on July 13 to promote herself into a potential finalist at the world championships. The 28-year-old now faces a two-year ban.
However, Usain Bolt's training partner Warren Weir insisted sprinting was not tainted by doping as the athletics world governing body emphasised its commitment to the fight against drug cheats.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Thursday approved a return to four-year bans for “serious doping offences” from the start of 2015. IAAF president Lamine Diack said: “This is a fight that will never end. We will always fight against it”.
The issue has overshadowed the build-up to the World Championships, which get under way at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Saturday.
Two of the world’s leading sprinters, Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell, will not be there after failing drug tests. Bolt, always the star of the show, is in Russia, though, and his Jamaican team-mate Weir said fans could still trust what they saw on the track.