Selsouli fails drug test

  • Last Updated: July 25 2012, 17:39 BST

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

Mariem Alaoui Selsouli: Out of London 2012

The 28-year-old, one of the leading contenders for gold in the women's 1,500 metres at London 2012, has been provisionally suspended from all competitions by the governing body.

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 but 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.

A statement read: "IAAF is now in a position to officially confirm that the prohibited substance furosemide (a diuretic) was found in Mrs Alaoui Selsouli's sample collected at the Meeting Areva in Paris on 6 July, 2012.

"Alaoui Selsouli has waived her right to the B analysis, and as a result has now been provisionally suspended from all competition in athletics.

"In accordance with IAAF Rules, she still has the right to request a hearing which needs to be held by the Moroccan Athletic Federation within the next three months.

"Until such time, the IAAF will make no further comment on this case."

Selsouli ran a world-leading three minutes 56.15 seconds at the Diamond League meeting in Paris, the fastest time in the world since 2006.

She had earlier won silver at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul in March.

British marathon runner Paula Radcliffe was forthright in her opinion of Selsouli when the first reports of her positive test emerged earlier this week.

She Tweeted: "World 1500m leader( strike that off) Alaoui Selsouli(MAR)will miss Olympics as she's tested positive at Paris DL. Good riddance,no surprise."

The IAAF also confirmed that nine further athletes had been sanctioned for doping offences.

Six - Morocco's Abderrahim Goumri, Irini Kokkinariou from Greece, Turkey's Meryem Erdogan, Russian Svetlana Klyuka and compatriots Nailiya Yulamanova and Yevgenina Zinurova received bans of between two and four years under the biological passport programme.

The biological passport involves measuring and monitoring an athlete's blood variables over time to establish whether an athlete has been doping.

Bulgarian Inna Eftimova and Ukrainian pair Nataliya Tobias and Antonina Yefremova returned positive tests for synthetic Growth Hormone and synthetic testosterone respectively following re-analysis of their blood and urine samples collected at the World Championships in Daegu.

All three received two-year bans after admitting doping.

"Today's announcements underline the IAAF's continued and unwavering campaign against doping in Athletics," said IAAF president Lamine Diack.

"They demonstrate the IAAF's commitment to use advanced methods to detect doping and to enforce increased sanctions when justified. We will not stint in our resolve to do everything in our power to eradicate cheating."