Wilson Kipsang handed four year ban for anti-doping rule violations
The World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal has banned long-distance runner Wilson Kipsang of Kenya for 4-years with effect from 10 January 2020 for whereabouts failures and tampering by providing false evidence and witness testimony
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Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang has been handed a four year ban for anti-doping rule violations.
The Athletics Integrity Unit announced Kipsang's suspension on Friday, July 3 with the ban taking effect as from January 10, 2020.
"The World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal has banned long-distance runner Wilson Kipsang of Kenya for 4-years with effect from 10 January 2020 for whereabouts failures and tampering by providing false evidence and witness testimony," Read the AIU statement.
The 38-year-old athlete had four whereabouts failures between April 2018 and May 2019, three of which occurred within 12 months resulting to an automatic ban.
Kipsang, the 2012 London Olympics Marathon bronze medalist is said to have missed a test on May 17, 2019 due to a traffic accident involving an overturned lorry. However after investigations , it was later discovered the photo provided was from an accident that happened months later after the said date.
He had also missed another test due to what AIU found to be a falsified "landslide" that led to his absence.
The statement went on to read: "The athlete engaged in fraudulent and deceitful conduct by providing deliberately misleading and false information to the AIU in an attempt to obstruct and delay the investigation into his explanation and/or prevent normal procedures from occurring, namely the recording of a Missed Test against him."
Tampering or attempted to do the same with any part of doping control results leads to a mandatory four-year ban. In addition, AIU indicated that the violations committed by the Olympian were treated as a single ADRV attracting the severe sanction.
Following the ban, Kipsang's competitive results between April 12, 2019 to January 10, 2020 have been disqualified. He has the right to appeal the verdict to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Kipsang, a bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, has previously won the Berlin, New York and Tokyo marathons and is among the world's top ten fastest marathon runners in history