Dana Abdul Razak Hussain, the Iraqi flag bear at the 2012 London Olympic Games, was apparently doped without her knowledge by her coach Karok Salih Mohammed. For that, the coach has been handed a lifetime ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

The 37-year-old Hussain, tested positive for stanazolol and clenbuterol in an in-competition test in Rades, Tunisia in June 2021.

She is now coached by Yousif Abdul-Rahman. Due to the International Olympic Committee ban on Iraq competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, she was unable to participate, that is, until the ban was, lifted. She was the only athlete on Iraq’s 2008 Olympic team to train. In Beijing she competed at the 100m. In her first round heat, she placed sixth in a time of 12.36 which was not fast enough advance.

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So, allegedly, the coach turned to doping. In 2021, she ran two new national records 11.24 for 100m and 22.51 in the 200m. She is an eight-time national champion.

Hussain had received a three-year ban in 2021, with a six month suspension for offering “substantial assistance,” meaning she will be free to compete again from January next year.

Mohammed provided the AIU with an email message in December 2022 admitting anti-doping rule violations (ADRV) and a written acceptance of the consequences.

“The AIU notes that the severity of the ADRVs in this case are significant and egregious,” an AIU release said.

“The coach has fundamentally abused his trusted position as an athlete support person and admitted to deliberately opportunistic behaviour aimed specifically at doping an athlete, in-competition, without her knowledge, so as to enhance her performance and thereby his own reputation.

“That conduct, in the view of the AIU, is so serious as to justify a lifetime period of Ineligibility from the sport of athletics.”

The initial report said that the coach “confirmed that he was responsible for the athlete’s training and nutritional supplements, vitamins and mineral salts without her [the athlete’s] knowledge of the contents of these substances’. 

“The coach also confirmed that he was responsible for the adverse analytical finding, in the following terms: ‘I confirm that the player [i.e., the athlete] is not aware of the materials that I gave her and she is not responsible.

“‘I am responsible, but I do not know that they contain international materials’.”

The coach admitted that he was “responsible for the adverse analytical finding and that he had taken the opportunity of the athlete experiencing a painful medical condition to deliberately give her two types of pills (which he maintained he did not know were prohibited substances) to ensure that the athlete obtained a favourable result and to enhance his profile as a coach.”