11: Whereabouts Failures – World 400m champion Naser provisionally suspended by AIU

Well we have to discuss whats going on in the world or track and Field.

And to kick this episode off we discuss the situation of the World champion and 3rd fastest athlete of all time at 21 years old who has been suspended provisionally for 3 missed test within a 12 month period. We discuss what that rule means.  Other athletes such as UKs 400m world and Olympic champion  Christine Ohohurogu who was suspended and more recently Christian Coleman who wasn’t.

And also we discuss the return to athletics post Covid 19

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A Whereabouts Failure will be recorded against an Athlete on the World Athletics RTP under the following circumstances:

  1. You have failed to submit your whereabouts by the required deadline (Filing Failure).
  2. You have failed to update your whereabouts or you have not updated them as soon as possible after a change of circumstances (Filing Failure).
  3. You have filed your whereabouts on time but they are incomplete or inaccurate or insufficient to enable us to locate you for testing (training address missing, home address too vague, competition schedule missing or incomplete, no address of temporary accommodation during competition…) (Filing Failure).
  4. The Athletics Integrity Unit finds out that your whereabouts are inaccurate or incomplete following an unsuccessful attempt to test you (e.g. an athlete lives in a gated complex and fails to give instructions to the security gate to let the doping control officer in) (Filing Failure).
  5. You have filed whereabouts information but you are not available for testing at the location corresponding to your 60-minute time slot (Missed Test).


Under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules, any combination of 3 whereabouts failures (Filing Failure and/or Missed Test) within a period of 12 months constitute an anti-doping rule violation, for which the applicable sanction is 2 years’ ineligibility subject to a reduction to a minimum of 1 year depending on your degree of fault.

Whereabouts failures will be systematically and strictly enforced by the AIU. Athletes’ compliance with the Whereabouts programme is crucial and the AIU expects your full cooperation to avoid Whereabouts Failures.


Christine Ohuruogu


1st Commonwealth games early 2006 Australia

3 missed tests

1st Won worlds in Osaka 2007

1st Olympics in Beijing 2008

1st World indoor 2012 relay

2nd Silver in 2012 London

1st World Title 2013 Moscow



Mark Dry




Missed one test, but was found to have lied



Christian Coleman


Missed 3 tests within a year but a technicality meant a test can moved to the start of the quarter and was therefore moved to outside the actual 12 month period !!!


Salwa Eid Naser


Missed 3 tests prior to World Champs, was allowed to compete due to the legality of appeal

But also missed a 4th test at the start of 2020.  Naser has openly commented its normal to miss 3 tests



Since we recorded this podcast some British athletes have spoken out about the issue that testing isnt even being undertaken during this pandemic (somewhat understandable) BBC news Article HERE.