The Algerian Olympic gold medalist Taoufik Makhloufi is investigated by French authorities after the discovery of allegedly doping products at the French high-performance center INSEP, where he used to train, French media said Monday.
At the beginning of last September, agents of the Central Office for Combating Environmental Damage and Public Health of the French Gendarmerie searched INSEP and found a sports bag containing syringes and products used for injections, reported the public television program French “Stade 2”.
In addition, they found documents belonging to the Algerian athlete, who spent the period of confinement in South Africa.
The French Prosecutor’s Office opened a preliminary investigation to determine whether the products belong to Makhloufi and whether it is a criminal offense.
Triple Olympic medalist Makhloufi, 32, won gold in the 1,500 meters at the 2012 London Olympics and silver in the 800 and 1,500 four years later in Rio de Janeiro.
Last year he was runner-up in the 1,500 world.