Milan -The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) have excluded
steeplechaser Jamel Chatbi from the Rio Games due to missed drug tests.
The Moroccan-born athlete, who once served a three-year ban
for doping, will not travel to his maiden Olympics after missing a third random
doping control in one year.
In accordance with the regulations of national athletics
federations, athletes must adhere to a 'whereabouts programme' in order to
comply with strict anti-doping rules.
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A statement by CONI on Thursday announced: "CONI, in
concordance with the Italian Athletics Federation, has excluded the athlete
Jamel Chatbi (3000m steeplechase) from the Rio Olympic Games for missing a
third doping control in the last year.
"The Italian athletes going to Rio now number 308 (164
men and 144 women)."
Chatbi, 32, competed for Morocco at the 2008 world cross
A year later, he won 3000m steeplechase gold at the
Mediterranean Games and, at the world athletics championships, he withdrew from
the final after failing a mandatory control when he tested positive for the
Chatbi was handed a three-year ban from competition on
August 18, 2009, but applied for and was given Italian citizenship in 2012.For
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