The Year of Whereabouts Failures took its latest turn on Tuesday when 2019 world champion Salwa Eid Naser's provisional suspension by the Athletics Integrity Unit was overturned by a World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal. The 22-year-old Naser, who ran 48.14 in Doha last year to become the third-fastest woman in history at 400 meters, is cleared to compete, effective immediately.
The Naser case is messy, and it's hard to feel satisfied with the outcome. Read over the details of her case, and it does appear the tribunal made the correct call in overturning her suspension; Naser shouldn't be punished because her doping control officer knocked on the wrong door.
That said, there are still serious questions to be asked of Naser -- who clearly doesn't take the whereabouts system seriously enough and made herself difficult to locate -- and of the AIU, which took over a year to charge Naser with an anti-doping rule violation. The latter is something Olympic 400 champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo spoke out about on Wednesday, pulling no punches in her criticism of the AIU and World Athletics. "I cry foul," she wrote in a lengthy statement on Instagram (before linking to LetsRun's story on Naser).
None of this is particularly fun to talk about, especially coming off a weekend that saw some incredible racing at the World Half in Poland. But track fans will have to get used to it. World champions Christian Coleman and Elijah Manangoi remained provisionally suspended, with final decisions yet to be rendered in either case. The Year of Whereabouts Failures isn't over just yet.
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