April dates set for CAS to hear appeals against Salwa Eid Naser exoneration

By March 04, 2021

Hearing dates for the consolidated appeals of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and World Athletics against 2019 400m World Champions Salwa Eid Naser have been set for Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23, 2021.

In October 2020, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) disciplinary tribunal ruled that Naser had not committed an anti-doping rule violation in relation to an alleged filing failure and three missed tests between March 12 and April 12, 2019.

WADA and World Athletics subsequently filed appeals requesting that the tribunal’s decision be set aside and that it be replaced with a new decision in which the 2019 400m world champion is found to have committed an ADRV and sanctioned with a two-year period of ineligibility.

The parties were awaiting dates when CAS would hear the matter. Dr Emir Crowne, who along with Matthew Gayle and Kristie Irving of New City Chambers, confirmed to Sportsmax.TV those dates have now been set for the hearing that will be held virtually.

"While my preference would be for an open hearing, certain sensitive information about Ms Naser will be revealed and we have decided to not press for an open hearing. As the proceedings are closed, that's all I can reveal,” Dr Crowne said while confirming said dates.

Salwa Eid Naser, 22, won the world title in Doha in 48.14, the third-fastest time in history defeating heavy favourite Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, who clocked a personal best 48.37 to claim the silver medal.

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson was third in a personal best 49.47s

It subsequently came to light that Naser was competing in Doha, having missed three doping tests earlier that year and was not provisionally suspended. She also missed another test in January 2020.

If CAS overturns the initial ruling, the Bahrani athlete would miss this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.



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