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Track medalist Mohamed Katir accepts two-year ban for missing drug tests

Mohamed Katir

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY: August 27: Mohamed Katir of Spain reacts after his silver medal win in the Men’s 5000m Final during the World Athletics Championships, at the National Athletics Centre on August 27th, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Spain’s Mohamed Katir, the 2023 World 5000m silver medalist, accepted a two-year ban for missing three drug tests in a 12-month span and will miss the Paris Olympics.

His ban runs to Feb. 6, 2026.

Katir, 25, was not present for out-of-competition drug test attempts on Feb. 28, April 3 and Oct. 10 in 2023 at his registered locations.

Katir said last week that he was innocent and planned to appeal what was then a provisional suspension.

Then on Tuesday, Katir admitted that he committed the violation and accepted the two-year ban for missing three tests in one year, according to the Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles anti-doping cases in track and field.

“It is important to keep in mind that we are not dealing with a case of violating doping rules for the use of prohibited substances or methods, or even for evading out-of-competition doping controls,” Katir said in a statement last week.

Katir earned 1500m bronze at the 2022 Worlds and 5000m silver at the 2023 Worlds. He was also the world’s second-fastest 1500m runner in 2023 by best time over the course of the year.