Two Time Gold Medalist Banned for Two Years, Set to Miss Paris Olympics for Doping

Published 02/18/2024, 7:44 AM EST

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Mo Katir, a double world champion, confessed to violating anti-doping regulations. Authorities made the call to bar him from competing for the next two years, thereby eliminating him from the Paris Olympics. According to the Athletics Integrity Unit’s report, Katir was found guilty of three violations of the “whereabouts” rule.

It requires athletes to disclose their location and availability for random drug tests within a one-hour time frame every day. The 25-year-old confessed to the doping allegation on February 6, which started his two-year hiatus. They handed him his provisional suspension the next day and he will return to action on 7 February 2026.

Mo Katir takes two years off his career after doping ban


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The recent ruling issued by the AIU on Friday exposed Katir’s false explanations for his unavailability, which were later debunked by his travel documents and the evidence in the global anti-doping database.

According to AIU regulations, missing three tests or providing inaccurate whereabouts information within 12 months can result in a ban. The ban dealt to Katir has dealt a major setback to his career, causing damage to his reputation as a rising star.


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Katir, who was born in Morocco but competes for Spain, placed eighth in the 5,000 meters at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. He won bronze in the 1,500 meters at the 2022 world championships in Eugene, Oregon. He also won silver in the 5,000 meters at the previous world championships in Budapest, Hungary.

However, Katir’s string of impressive performances will come to an abrupt halt as he will be unable to participate in the 2024 Olympics in Paris, set to begin on July 26, and the 2025 world championships, which will take place in Tokyo’s National Stadium.

No Paris Olympics for the young athlete

His rapid ascent from competing in the Tokyo Olympics to securing top positions at back-to-back world championships was highly commendable. However, the exposure of his use of performance-enhancing drugs has tainted his impressive accomplishments.


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The decision by AIU is a reminder of the utmost importance of honesty and following anti-doping guidelines in athletic events. Regardless of their status, athletes must adhere to stringent whereabouts regulations to preserve the integrity and ensure equal opportunities for all.

Katir has certainly tainted what was otherwise a celebrated and followed career. There will significant repercussions in the future for Katir, most of which he won’t be able to identify now.  In addition to the two years ban, he will also miss out on representing his nation at the Olympics.


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The use of performance-enhancing substances goes against the values of the athletic world, such as determination and natural ability. This serves as an important wake-up call to the ongoing fight against doping in sports and the crucial importance of maintaining integrity and fairness in all aspects of competition.

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Written by:

Allen James


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Caroline Joseph