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UK Athletics Press Release

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Christine Ohuruogu has been provisionally suspended on the basis that the UK Athletics Anti-Doping Co-Ordinator has found that there is sufficient evidence of an anti-doping rule violation, contrary to IAAF Rule 32.2 (d), that UKA should invoke its disciplinary procedure. This decision was confirmed at 17.00 on 6 August 2006.
This rule provides that if an athlete is evaluated as having missed three out of competition tests in a period of 18 months from the date of the first missed test, an anti-doping rule violation has been committed. In this case the first out of competition missed test was on 12 October 2005.
UK Athletics will be dealing with this matter in accordance with its rules and procedures and the case will now be put to an independent disciplinary committee to decide if an anti-doping violation has been committed.  The panel will be convened as soon as is practical.
The suspension of Christine Ohuruogu should not be seen as an indication of guilt but rather that there is a case to answer.
As a result of this suspension, Christine Ohuruogu has been withdrawn from the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the European Championships.

Media Statement on Behalf of Christine Ohuruogu:
"I am fortunate enough to be considered one of Britain's elite Athletes and I take this responsibility very seriously.  One of these is to adhere to the regulations imposed on competing Athletes, including rule no. 32.2 (d), which is to make my whereabouts known for 1 hour every day, 365 days a year.
Due to changes in my training schedule, I was unable to fulfil this obligation on 3 occasions, hence, my current suspension.
What I want to do at this stage is to apologise for the distress and concern I have caused the people closest to me and UK Athletics, who at the end of the day, we all understand are trying to uphold an incredibly hard rule.  Every race is important to me and my duty is to always do my best and I am massively disappointed that this suspension means I cannot represent my country at the European Championships."