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Athletics-Banned Houlihan’s Tokyo dreams over after injunction denied

The American record holder in the 1,500 metres and 5,000m was included in the lineup for those events at the trials in Eugene, Oregon, despite receiving a four-year ban after testing positive for an anabolic steroid, prompting an outcry from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) and fellow athletes. “I never had any intention of competing if this injunction wasn’t granted,” she wrote in a lengthy statement posted on social media. Houlihan said she would continue with her appeal in Switzerland after the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which upheld her ban, issues its full ruling in the case.