Italian masters marathoner slapped with 2-year ban for doping

WMA President Stan Perkins reports that “World Masters Athletics acknowledges the information recently received from the IAAF that Mr. Nour Eddine Chakour, (but maybe should be called Noureddine) a master athlete from Italy, was found guilty of a doping offence. He was sanctioned by FIDAL with a two (2) years period of ineligibility (from April 20, 2010 until April 19, 2012). The analysis of the Italian athlete’s urine sample, collected on March 3, 2010, at the Italian Marathon Championship in Piacenza, revealed the presence of the prohibited substances Norandrosterone, Furosemide, Betamethasone and Dexamethasone. His results achieved at the Italian Championship will be disqualified accordingly.” Anyone know this dude?

I found this photo of a runner named Chakour Nour-Eddine with Google.

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September 21, 2010

4 Responses

  1. peter taylor - September 21, 2010

    Haven’t met the gentleman, Ken. Interesting photo in that runners who are moving quite slowly are captured along with Noureddine. Must be a loop course.

    Speaking of loops, furosemide (second on the list of four drugs above) is a loop diuretic. According to an article by M. McEvoy, Ph.D., in 2002-2006 it was the 10th most commonly prescribed drug in the US. Wonder how many of our masters have been prescribed this drug in 2010, and how many will be given a prescription for it in 2011.

    Doubt that Noureddine was using it for hypertension or heart failure, but this banned drug (Lasix, or furosemide) has many legitimate uses. Trouble for masters, or will everyone who’s using it get a therapeutic use exemption (TUE)? I’m too slow to compete in track events any more, and thus I have not kept close tabs on the process of getting a TUE.

  2. Weia Reinboud - September 21, 2010

    Yes it is easy to get a TUE for masters on diuretics.

  3. t-bone - September 21, 2010

    He was under 35 as of February when he won that race.

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