Some Muslim Athletes Banned for Doping at the 2012 Olympics

Posted on July 25, 2012



Note from Rafik: I am disappointed by the lack of ethical behavior of some Muslim Olympians at the 2012 Olympics.   Allah is very clear in the Qur’an (5:2) about engaging in this type of behavior.

“Help you one another in righteousness and piety, but help you not one another in sin and rancor: fear Allah. for Allah is strict in punishment.”

A total of nine athletes, including Olympic bronze medalist Nataliya Tobias, have tested positive for “sophisticated doping” offenses, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has confirmed.

Six of those athletes were caught using a new “biological passport” method, which builds up a profile of each individual over a prolonged period of time. That method accounted for six bans, for Morocco’s Abderrahim Goumri, Greece’s Irini Kokkinariou, Turkey’s Meryem Erdogan, and three Russians — Svetlana Klyuka, Nailiya Yulamanova and Yevgenina Zinurova, the 2011 European Indoors 800m champion.

Four of the six — Erdogan, Klyuka, Yulamanova and Zinurova — admitted their offense and waived their right to a “B” sample, meaning their original four-year bans were cut in half.

The IAAF said Goumri=had recently received a four-year ban by the Moroccan Athletic Federation, but was permitted to appeal as the decision had not yet been ratified by the IAAF.