Asbel Kiprop handed four year ban for doping

Asbel Kiprop handed four year ban for doping

Former world and Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop has been banned for four years by IAAF after failing an out of competition drug test

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Former 1500 World and Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop has been banned for four years after his blood samples testing positive for perfomance enhancement boosters.

The International Association of  Athletics Federations' (IAAF) Disciplinary Tribunal announced this development on Saturday, April 20, 2019 indicating the ban is effective from February 3, 2018. Correspondingly, the General Service Unit police officer has already served slightly over one year of the ban.

Kiprop has been serving a tentative suspension since May 2018 imposed against him by the Athletics Integrity Unit. The former Olympic and World 1,500m champion failed a drug test and was suspended for using performance-enhancing substances. Kiprop's out of competition test conducted in November 2017 found traces of an illicit blood booster Erythropoietin (EPO) hence the ban.

He has since vehemently denied the allegations that he used any prohibited substances listed by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). It is however not the end of the road for the middle distance runner as he can appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports. 

"There is no justice in the world. Not every prisoner in jail is guilty. I will consult my lawyer to see id I will appeal at CAS but no matter the outcome I will be back stronger," Kiprop told Daily Nation after receiving the news today.

Through his council, Katwa Kigen, Kiprop had appealed to the IAAF against the suspension arguing that the 'A' and 'B' samples had brought different results which was a basis of suspicion. He also told IAAF disciplinary committee that the AIU  had declined DNA tests to verify that the samples were taken from Asbel.

The ban has been backdated to start from February 2018 and he will be out in the cold from competition until 2022.

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