04/20/2019

| Epo-doping

Silke Bernhard

The Disciplinary Commission of the World Federation IAAF has blocked the three-time world champion and 1,500-meter Olympic champion from 2008 Asbel Kiprop from Kenya for four years for doping.

The achievements of 1,500-meter runner Asbel Kiprop are a great shadow. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the World Federation IAAF, which has been pursuing doping violations in athletics since April 2017, has blocked the 29-year-old Kenyan for four years for doping, and this Saturday Twitter announced. The decision is a judgment in the first instance that can still be challenged by the athlete or his association.

In a doping test by Asbel Kiprop, which was taken on 27 November 2017 in training in Iten (Kenya), the banned substance EPO (erythropoietin) had been detected. The athlete was notified of this in February 2018 and then requested the opening of the B sample, which gave the same result. There followed a long email exchange between the AIU and the defense of Asbel Kiprop, in which he denied taking EPO and also spoke of blackmail (we reported). Finally, a hearing took place on 21 March 2019 in London (United Kingdom), in which Kiprop was also present.

In its detailed ruling, the AIU refuted the numerous statements by Asbel Kiprop and his lawyer that the positive sample was not due to doping and issued a four-year ban. This starts retroactively on 3 February 2018. The 2008 Olympic Gold and the gold medals of the World Cup 2011, 2013 and 2015 may keep the Kenyan, as he was not tested positive in these competitions – but they have probably lost their shine.

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