French runner to miss Paris Marathon after doping ban

Clemence Calvin (AP)
Clemence Calvin (AP)

Paris - European silver medallist Clemence Calvin will miss Sunday's Paris marathon after being hit with a temporary ban for evading an anti-doping test in Morocco.

Calvin's lawyer Arnaud Pericard said the runner had been temporarily suspended by the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) for two violations of their rules.

The first involved revealing her whereabouts after 20:00 on March 27 and the second was for evading a doping test the same day.

Her partner and coach Samir Dahmani was also hit with a temporary ban by the AFLD for obstructing an anti-doping test, according to Pericard.

Calvin, who ran a best of 2:26.28 when finishing second in the European championships in Berlin last year, had hoped to compete in the Paris Marathon in a bid to bag a qualifying time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"If I could run the Paris Marathon, I would because I'm proud and strong," a tearful Calvin said, with her lawyer saying they were considering appealing to the Conseil d'Etat, France's principal judiciary body.

"I have no doubt about myself. I am someone who is honourable," Calvin added.

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