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Former Olympian Cops Huge Ban For Second Doping Offence

Former Olympian Cops Huge Ban For Second Doping Offence

She only recently returned to action following a four-year suspension for suspected blood doping.

Max Sherry

Max Sherry

A former Olympian has been handed a six-year ban following a second doping offence.

Moroccan runner Halima Hachlaf, who competed in the 800 metres semi-final at the London Games in 2012, tested positive for a synthetic steroid at a race meet in January.

At her hearing with the Athletics Integrity Unit, he was found guilty of of using the performance enhancing drug and was subsequently slapped with the huge suspension.

Hachlaf once collapsed on the track in an 800m heat during the 2009 IAAF World Championships.

This actually isn't the first time Hachlaf has found herself in hot water when it comes to doping.

A few years back, she was hit with a four-year ban for suspected blood doping during competition.

The Moroccan served her suspension and returned to the track at the 2019 World Championships in Qatar.

Now, less than two years after her first ban for a doping violation, and Hachlaf has offended again.

At 33 years of age, this six-year spell on the sidelines means she may well have run her last ever professional race as she'll be almost 40 when she's eligible again.

It seems she hasn't helped her case either with the Athletics Integrity Unit claiming that she was not cooperative in assisting the sporting body with the case.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: olympics, Australia, Ban