Olympic silver medalist Nigel Amos banned

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Olympic silver medalist Nigel Amos banned

Nigel Amos, the Olympic silver medalist in the men's 800 metres at the 2012 Olympics, received a three-year ban for doping by the Athletics Integrity Unit.

  • An Overview of the News

  • Nigel Amos, from Botswana, tested positive for the banned substance GW1516 in the lead-up to last year's track world championships, which is known to cause cancer in rodent tests.

  • The ban has been reverted to his provisional suspension in July 2020 and will last until 2025, meaning he will not be able to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU):

  • It was established in April 2017 by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

  • The primary objective of the AIU is to prevent, detect and investigate doping in athletics.

  • The AIU operates independently of the IAAF to ensure fairness and transparency in its work.

  • The AIU is responsible for enforcing the World Anti-Doping Code in Athletics and has the authority to ban athletes who violate the code.

About Botswana

It is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa.

The country is defined by two distinctive landscapes: the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta.

Capital and largest city - Gaborone

President - Mokgweetsi Masisi

Vice President - Slumber Tsogwane

Establishment (Constitution) - 30 September 1966

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