• Moroccan half-marathon record holder banned for four-years after positive EPO test
October 14, 2019
Morocco's Mustapha El Aziz has been officially banned for four-years by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO), it has been announced.
The 33-year-old, a silver medallist in the 10,000 metres at the 2014 African Championships, had been provisionally suspended by the AIU in August.
The AIU revealed that El Aziz tested positive for the banned blood booster at a road race in Karlovac in Croatia on June 7 and again a week later at an event in Langueux in France.
Both samples contained traces of EPO.
El Aziz claimed after being notified of the result of the first test that he had not ingested EPO but did not ask for his B-sample to be analysed.
He then failed to respond to further correspondence from the AIU and has now been banned.
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