Botswana’s Amos Suspended For Doping Ahead Of World Championships

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Athlete Nijel Amos of Botswana has been provisionally suspended ahead of the World Athletics Championships after the 2012 Olympic Games 800m silver medalist tested positive for a banned metabolite, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said.

Amos was notified of the result while in Eugene, Oregon, where he was scheduled to compete in the 800m heats on July 20th.

The drug found in the 28-year-old’s system, GW1516, “modifies how the body metabolises fat,” and the World Anti-Doping Agency has said it poses a health risk to athletes, AIU said in a release.

Amos could not be immediately reached for comment.

His silver from the London Games was Botswana’s first Olympic medal. The African nation added a bronze in the 4x400m relay at the Tokyo Games last year.

Chidi Nwoke/Reuters.

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