The 800m IAAF Continental Cup champion Nigel Amos has once again infringed on the anti-doping rule after missing a routine doping test recently. It is reported that Amos was nowhere to be found when IAAF testing officers tried to locate him to conduct the out-of-competition doping test on him.
According to IAAF Anti-Doping rules, each athlete in the IAAF register is required to submit whereabouts filings with a 60-minute time slot where he will be available for testing at a specified location. If an athlete fails to be available for testing at his declared whereabouts it shall be deemed a Missed Test. The IAAF has since submitted a missed test for Amos following his incident.
The IAAF has written a letter Botswana Athletics Association notifying them about this. BAA public relations officer Roland Masalila confirmed this, saying indeed they received a letter from IAAF informing them about the development.
Even though some say he is likely to walk away with a mere warning it is not the first time for him to miss the doping test. Two years back Amos also missed the test when neither IAAF nor BAA was able to locate him on their radars.
Missing of a doping test is regarded as an infringement on the IAAF Anti-Doping regulations and an athlete can face possible suspension if they continue with the habit. The IAAF rules state that if an athlete commits three whereabouts failures he or she may face a suspension of between 1 and 2 years.
Masalila revealed that Amos has since conceded to a misunderstanding that resulted with him missing of the test. He, however, said as the association they are concerned by the growing cases of doping. He pointed out that doping is a burning issue and as the association they are planning to take it seriously.
“Even though the doping test issue involve the athlete and IAAF we want to start a campaign to educate our athletes more about this issue. We want to show them the importance of abiding with these regulations and the dangers of infringing on them,” said Masalila.