A French television channel accused the Algerian Olympic champion, Taoufik Makhloufi, indirectly of being involved in the doping trap after linking his name with discovering sports bags containing means and materials used in doping, in his room in the High Institute of Sports in Paris, where he was training before the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, which is considered an apparent attempt to discredit the Algerian hero.
Makhloufi has neither failed in any test to detect doping, nor his name has been mentioned in any previously suspicious case, and the London 2012 Olympic champion is known as one of the most professional runners in the current world of athletics, which is bombed with doping issues, and he always succeeds in passing the tests, even in the sudden ones.
Algeria champion Makhloufi received wide support from Algerians through various social media, and the overwhelming majority of them did not believe the news circulating about him, which highlights the great reputation that the Souk Ahras hero enjoys in Algeria and even abroad, as he was the only bright spot in Algerian sports in recent years.
French TV program “Stade 2” on the French channel “France 3,” said on Monday evening, that the gendarmes of the French office to combat harm to the environment and public health, inspected at the beginning of last September of one of the rooms of the French Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance in Paris, which claimed that it belonged to the Algerian Olympic champion, and they found inside them sports bags containing injection needles and some methods suspected of being used in doping, in addition to personal documents belonging to Toufik Makhloufi, who trains regularly at the aforementioned French Institute under the supervision of the French coach Philippe Dupont.
The report indicated that Makhloufi was training at the aforementioned French institute before travelling to South Africa, where he continued his preparations for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, a year before it was postponed due to the Corona pandemic, and the 2014 London Olympics champion was suspended in South Africa due to the closure of the airports, for a full 4 months.
The “Stade 2” report stated that Paris court opened an investigation about the possibility that these suspicious materials belonged to Toufik Makhloufi, and his committing a criminal offence under French law, and there is no confirmation up to now about the illegality of those means that were found in Toufik Makhloufi’s room, according to the French source, or classified as prohibited material.
The Algerian champion previously won three Olympic medals, gold in the 1500-meter race in the London Olympics 2012, and silver in the 800 and 1500 meters in Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016, and he was also crowned silver in the 1500-meter world championship, which was organized in Qatar in 2019.