RABAT, July 31 (Xinhua) — The disciplinary commission of the IAU (Athletics Integrity Unit) suspended on Friday Moroccan marathoner El Mahjoub Dazza, for four years due to anomalies in his biological passport, Moroccan Mars radio reported.
Dazza, 29 years old, was the winner of the Prague (2h5’58”) and Fukuoka (2h7’10”) marathons in 2019.
The report added that Dazza was checked on the eve of his victory in Prague on May 9, 2019, and since then four other checks of his haematological profile were carried out.
The experts had unanimously concluded the existence of blood manipulation, in particular the day before the Prague marathon.
“It emerges from the chronology of events that the variations in the values of the PBA (biological passport) of the athlete are part of a doping scenario,” the disciplinary commission of the IAU said in its verdict.
Dazza has 30 days to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for this suspension which took effect on January 10, 2020.