List of doping cases in athletics

The use of performance-enhancing drugs (doping) is prohibited within the sport of athletics. Athletes who are found to have used such banned substances, whether through a positive drugs test, the biological passport system, an investigation or public admission, may receive a competition ban for a length of time which reflects the severity of the infraction. Athletes who are found to have banned substances in their possession, or who tamper with or refuse to submit to drug testing can also receive bans from the sport. Competitive bans may also be given to athletes who test positive for prohibited recreational drugs or stimulants with little performance-enhancing effect for competitors in athletics. The sports body responsible for determining which substances are banned in athletics is the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Typically, any athlete who tests positive for banned substances after having served a previous ban receives a lifetime ban from the sport of athletics. Many high-profile sportspeople to receive doping bans have come from the sport of athletics, with significant past cases concerning Ben Johnson, Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery. Furthermore, a number of athletes who underwent state-sponsored doping programmes in East Germany between the 1960s and 1980s were competitors in athletics, but the quality of the international anti-doping work was so poor that only one East German athlete ever tested positive.[1] Following allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia, the IAAF suspended the country's athletes from competition, including the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Name Country Event Date of
violation
Banned substance(s)/
Anti-doping rule violation
Sanction Reference(s)
Nunu Abashidze  Soviet Union Shot put 1981 [1][2]
Ahmed Abd El Raouf  Egypt Hammer throw 2008 Norandrosterone 2 years [3][4]
Inga Abitova  Russia Long distance 2009 Biological passport anomalies 2 years [5][6][7]
Folashade Abugan  Nigeria Sprinting 2010 Testosterone prohormone 2 years [8][9][10]
Ibrahim Mohamed Aden  Somalia Middle distance 1999 Ephedrine Public warning [11][12][13]
Tosin Adeloye  Nigeria Sprinting 2012
2015
Metenolone
Exogenous steroids
2 years
8 years
[14][15]
[16][17]
Funke Adeoye  Nigeria Hammer throw 2007 Ephedrine Public warning [3][18][19][20]
Alessandra Aguilar  Spain Long distance 2011 3 months [21]
Amina Aït Hammou  Morocco Middle distance 2008 3 whereabouts failures 1 year [3][22]
Seltana Aït Hammou  Morocco Middle distance 2008 3 whereabouts failures 1 year [3][23]
Chioma Ajunwa  Nigeria Long jump, sprinting 1992 4 years [24][25]
Esther Akinsulie  Canada Sprinting 2013 Hydrochlorothiazide 6 months [26][27][28]
Ashwini Akkunji  India Sprinting 2011 Anabolic steroids 2 years [29]
Mary Akor Basley  United States Marathon 2012 Clenbuterol 2 years [14][30]
Mikko Ala-Leppilampi  Finland Long distance 1972 Self admittance of blood transfusions
(not illegal at the time)
[31]
Mariem Alaoui Selsouli  Morocco Middle distance 2009
2012
EPO
Furosemide
2 years
8 years
[13][32][33][34][35]
Sultan Al-Dawoodi  Saudi Arabia Discus throw 2009 Norandrosterone 2 years [36][37]
Denis Alekseyev  Russia Sprinting 2013 Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone 2 years [38][39]
Barakat Al-Harthi  Oman Sprinting 2011 Methylprednisolone 6 months [40][41]
Ghfran Almouhamad  Syria Hurdling 2012 Methylhexaneamine 6 months [7][42]
Anna Alminova  Russia Middle distance 2010
2009
Pseudoephedrine
Biological passport anomalies
3 months
30 months
[32][43]
[13][44][45]
Anthony Alozie  Australia Sprinting 2013 Three Whereabouts Failures 20 months [30][46][47]
Aslı Çakır Alptekin  Turkey Middle distance/steeplechase 2004
2010
Metenolone
Biological passport
2 years
8 years
[48][49]
[50][51][52][53][54]
Chinaza Amadi  Niger Long jump 2015 Metenolone 4 years [55][56]
Gloria Amuche Nwosu  Nigeria Sprinting 2005 Testosterone 2 years [57]
Anis Ananenka  Belarus Middle distance 2015 GW1516 4 years [58][59]
Andreas Anastasopoulos  Greece Shot put 2001 2 years [60]
Georg Andersen  Norway Shot put 1991 Metenolone 21 months [13][61][62]
Marvin Anderson  Jamaica Sprinting 2009 4-Methyl-2-hexanamine 3 months

[37][63]

Lyudmila Andonova  Bulgaria High jump 1985 Amphetamine 18 months [1][2][64]
Yeorgios Andreou  Cyprus Decathlon 2003 2 years [65]
Vladimir Andreyev  Russia Race walking 2005 Salbutamol 1 year [66][67]
Yuriy Andronov  Russia Race walking 2014 Trimetazidine 2 years [34][68]
Ivanildo dos Anjos  Brazil Long distance 2014 Hydrochlorothiazide 18 months [69][70][71]
Adrián Annus  Hungary Hammer throw 2004 Missed test, tampering 2 years [72][73]
Seema Antil  India Discus throw 2000 Pseudoephedrine Public warning [74]
Elena Antoci  Romania Middle distance 2008 EPO [75]
Olena Antonova  Ukraine Discus throw 2009 (Retested 2013) Stanozolol 2 years [13][30][76]
Esref Apak  Turkey Hammer throw 2013 Stanozolol 2 years [14][30][77]
Thozama April  South Africa Long distance 2014 Phentermine, Prednisolone, Norandrosterone 2 years [69][70][78]
Demetra Arachoviti  Greece Hurdling 2012 Stanozolol 2 years [79][80]
Geisa Arcanjo  Brazil Shot put 2010 Hydrochlorothiazide Public warning [81]
Juana Arrendel  Dominican Republic High jump 1999 Stanozolol [82]
Katsiaryna Artsiukh  Kazakhstan Hurdling 2010 Metenolone 2 years [32][83]
Natalya Artyomova  Russia Middle distance Steroids [84]
Tatiana Aryasova  Russia Long distance 2012 Hydroxyethylstarch 2 years [79][85][86]
Elena Arzhakova  Russia Middle distance 2011 Biological passport violation 2 years [79][87]
Malika Asahssah  Morocco Long distance 2015 Stanozolol 4 years [17][88]
Delilah Asiago  Kenya Long distance 1999 [89]
Innocent Asonze  Nigeria Sprinting 1999 [13][89]
Wayne Athorne  Australia Decathlon Methandienone (Dianabol) [90]
Duncan Atwood  United States Javelin throw 1985 Stimulant Life ban (later reduced) [2][91]
Olutoyin Augustus
(Toyin Augustus)
 Nigeria Hurdles 2009 Abnormal testosterone levels 2 years [13][92]
Anna Avdeyeva  Russia Shot put 2013 Oral Turinabol (anabolic steroid) 2 years [76][93]
Roman Avramenko  Ukraine Javelin throw 2013
2015
Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone
Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone
2 years
8 years
[13][30][76]
[94][95]
Hussein Awada  Lebanon Cross country running
Half marathon
2012 Nandrolone 2 years [28][30]
Mark Anthony Awere  Ghana Long jump 2001 3 months [96]
Bimbo Miel Ayedou  Benin Sprinting 2012 Nandrolone 2 years [40][97]
Süreyya Ayhan  Turkey Middle distance 2004
2007
Interfering with test
Stanozolol, Methandienone
2 years
Life ban
[98]
[36][37][99]
Masoud Azizi  Afghanistan Sprinting 2013 Nandrolone 2 years [13][14][30]
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