Selsouli tests positive; Greek jumper off Olympic team for Twitter comments

LODNON (Sporting Alert) — Moroccan distance runner Mariem Alaoui Selsouli, favourite for gold at the London 2012 Olympics will now miss the Games after testing positive for a banned diuretic, the sport governing body, IAAF have announced.

Reports from the media had suggested that Selsouli, who was a very strong contender for the gold medal in the women’s 1,500 metres, seemed to have been on her way out of the Olympics, following the findings, but nothing had been confirmed.

However, the IAAF have now announced the positive drugs test.

A statement from the governing body says: “IAAF is now in a position to officially confirm that the prohibited substance furosemide (a diuretic) was found in Mrs Alaoui Selsouli’s sample collected at the Meeting Areva in Paris on 6 July, 2012.

Alaoui Selsouli has waived her right to the B analysis, and as a result has now been provisionally suspended from all competition in athletics.

“In accordance with IAAF Rules, she still has the right to request a hearing which needs to be held by the Moroccan Athletic Federation within the next three months.

“Until such time, the IAAF will make no further comment on this case.”

The 28-year-old has already served a two-year suspension from 2009-11 for doping and faces a lifetime ban penalty if found guilty another time.

Meanwhile, in an effort to clamp down on over the top social media behaviours, Hellenic Olympic Committee – Greek’s Olympic federation – has made a stunning decision to boot its triple jumper Voula Papachristou from the team even before the Games started for “racist comments and expressing right-wing sentiments made on Twitter.”

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