Dutch sprinter Madiea Ghafoor convicted of drug smuggling and trafficking jailed for more than eight years

Madiea Ghafoor, left, represented The Netherlands at the 2016 Rio Olympics (PA Images)
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Dutch Olympic sprinter Madiea Ghafoor has been jailed for eight years and six months for drug smuggling and trafficking.

The 27-year-old, who competed in the 4x400m relay at Rio 2016, was found to be in possession of more than £2m worth of drugs in her car when she was stopped for a routine search back in Germany in June.

She had a total of 50kg of ecstasy tablets, 2kg of crystal meth and 11,950 euros in cash.

However, the athlete pleaded not guilty to the charges after telling Kleve District Court that she thought she was carrying doping materials as opposed to ecstasy and crystal meth. She is expected to appeal against her conviction.

Ghafoor refused to reveal who gave her the drugs and said she feared for her friends and family.

Following the sentencing, the Dutch Athletics Union released a statement denouncing the actions of their athlete.

They said: "We are stunned by the judgements.

"With the ruling of the German court, the Athletics Union rejects the actions of Ghafoor. The Athletics Union condemns any use or trade in doping or drugs and fully commits itself to the Dutch doping law."