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Friday, 2 August, 2002, 09:48 GMT 10:48 UK
Mourhit faces drug ban
Belgium's Mohammed Mourhit
Mourhit is a former world cross-country champion
Belgian athlete Mohammed Mourhit could face a three-year ban after testing positive for the endurance-boosting drug EPO.

The Moroccan-born Mourhit failed a surprise test before the World Half-Marathon Championship in Brussels in May.

The Belgian athletics league said their anti-doping commission would advise the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) to suspend the 31-year-old for three years.


We will start appealing the decision
Mourhit's lawyer Daniel Spreutels

Mourhit, who became a Belgian national in July 1997, holds the European records for the 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m and has won two world cross-country titles.

However his lawyer Daniel Spreutels believes that Mourhit will be cleared.

"We will start appealing the decision and I would not be surprised if this ends up at the International Sports Tribunal in Lausanne," said Spreutels.

He added that the Belgian federation made serious procedural mistakes in the Mourhit case.

But the federation have rejected his claims.

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