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Ghfran Almouhamad of Syrian Arab Republic sits after competing in the Women''s 400m Hurdles Round 1 Heats on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
IOC disqualifies Syrian hurdler

11 Aug 2012
London, England: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that it has disqualified Syrian athlete Ghfran Almouhamad from the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London for an anti-doping rule violation. Almouhamad, 23, provided a urine sample on 3 August 2012 in London that indicated the presence of methylhexaneamine. The analysis of the B sample confirmed the results of the A sample.

The athlete competed in the women’s 400m hurdles event on 5 August and placed eighth in the second heat of the first round. The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Thomas Bach (Chairman), Denis Oswald and Frank Fredericks, decided:

I. The Athlete, Ms Ghfran Almouhamad, Syrian Arab Republic, Athletics:

(i)   is disqualified from the women’s 400m hurdles event of the 2012 London Olympic Games where she placed 8th in the 2nd heat of the 1st round; and

(ii)  shall have her Olympic identity and accreditation card cancelled and withdrawn immediately.

II. The International Association of Athletics Federations is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.

III. The Syrian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.

IV. This decision shall enter into force immediately.

Source: www.olympic.org
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