French marathon runner Frere suspended for two years

French marathon runner Mehdi Frere (C) set a personal best of 2 hours 05 minutes 43 seconds in 2023. (ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL)

French marathon runner Mehdi Frere, who was called up for the Paris Olympics, has been suspended for two years for violating anti-doping rules, his lawyer told AFP on Tuesday.

“The World Athletics disciplinary tribunal suspended him for two years,” said lawyer Laurent Fellous.

Fellous said he intends to appeal the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and believes a decision could be made before the Olympics.

“We will be able to refer the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport under an expedited procedure, the aim of which is to obtain an arbitration award by July 26, the opening day of the Olympic Games,” his lawyer said.

“I think it is doable,” he added.

Frere, 27, is accused of failing to report for doping tests three times in a year, which is an offence of failing to provide whereabouts information.

He was suspended for the Olympics “subject to conditions” and had to miss the European Championships in June while his whereabouts case was heard.

Frere set a personal best of 2hr 05min 43sec in 2023 and this year finished 20th at the World Cross Country Championships.

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