Former Olympic and triple world champion Asbel Kiprop banned for four years after Kenyan's claim that the failed drug test was tampered with is being thrown away by the Athletics Integrity Unit
- Absel Kiprop, a Kenyan runner, has been banned for four years from testing positive for the EPO blood-raising drug after a failed test in November 2017
- Kiprop is a triple world champion and in 2008 won 1500 million Olympic gold
- He appealed the ban after claiming that his urine samples had been tampered with
- But the athletic integrity unit rejected all Kiprop's statements
Former Olympic and triple world champion Asbel Kiprop from Kenya was banned for four years on Saturday for positive testing for the blood-giving EPA after his claim that urine samples had tampered with doping control officials was rejected.
The Olympic 1500-meter champion of 2008 surpassed a test outside the competition in his home country in November 2017. His backup `B & # 39; sample was also tested positive for EPO.
But his case was complicated when it was announced that he had been informed in advance by the visit of Kenyan anti-doping officers – a clear violation of the test protocol. Kiprop also admitted that he paid money to one of the officers after the test.
Asbel Kiprop has been unable to maintain the drug test result for four years since 2017
Kiprop is a triple world champion and won gold in the 1500m during Beijing 2008
The 29-year-old Kiprop, who won three consecutive world titles in the 2011-2015 period, said he had tampered with his original and backup samples when he left them unattended for a while, while receiving his cell phone to earn money transfer to one of them soon after the test was performed.
In a separate defense, he also said that the increased levels of EPO in his system may be & # 39; natural EPO & # 39; were caused by intensive high-altitude training in Kenya. Another defense that Kiprop used was medication that he had taken a week before the test had caused the positive result.
The Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles doping cases for the IAAF, rejected all Kiprop's statements and banned him from competing until February 2022. His results from November 27, 2017 to February 3, 2018 were disqualified.
He did not pass a drug test in November 2017 after a positive test for the blood-boosting drug EPO
The AIU said the prior notification of the test and the £ 23 ($ 30) Kiprop paid to one of the officers – apparently for various expenses such as refreshments and gas for his car – was clearly unauthorized but could not have affected the test results.
& # 39; There is no justice in the world & # 39 ;, Kiprop said Saturday. & # 39; Not every prisoner in prison is guilty. I will consult my lawyer to see if I will appeal to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport), but regardless of the outcome, I will be stronger. & # 39;
His case raised even more doubts about the quality of anti-doping efforts in Kenya, the remote power plant whose reputation has been seriously compromised by dozens of cases in recent years.
Kiprop received the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing after winner Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain failed a doping check and stripped off his medal.