Athletics Integrity Unit confirms Kiprop tested positive, quashes claims
Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has on Friday released a counter statement, quashing Kiprop’s claims of extortion and that his sample was switched
Asbel Kiprop’s alleged failed drug test drama has just taken a different twist.
In response to Kiprop’s statement on Thursday, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has on Friday released a counter statement, quashing Kiprop’s claims of extortion and that his sample was switched. As a matter of fact, AIU has disclosed that Kiprop’s A and B samples both tested positive for banned drug EPO.
“On 3 February 2018, Mr Kiprop was notified of the Adverse Analytical Finding and on 20 February 2018, Mr Kiprop was informed that the ‘B’ sample analysis had confirmed the Adverse Analytical Finding. On 16 March 2018, Mr Kiprop was charged with violations of the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules and the matter is currently proceeding before the independent IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal,” the statement from AIU read.
They also quashed claims from the triple world champion that he had been told to accept the doping charge and be handed an ambassadorial role with the IAAF, saying they had approached the athlete as a matter of procedure telling him of the consequences of the positive test.
On their part though, the AIU confirmed that the Doping Control Officer breached protocol by advising Kiprop of the schedule test in advance, but notes that it will whatsoever not affect the findings on the decision of the IAAF disciplinary tribunal.
“Under the Rules, a departure from the requirements of the International Standard for Testing and Investigations will only invalidate an Adverse Analytical Finding if that departure could reasonably have caused the Adverse Analytical Finding.”
“The advanced notice of testing given by the Doping Control Assistant could not reasonably have caused EPO to be present in Mr Kiprop’s Sample and, as such, the departure does not invalidate the Adverse Analytical Finding. This will ultimately be a matter for the Tribunal to determine,” the statement further added.
The news that both his A and B samples returned positive results will further complicate the issue for Kiprop who now faces a minimum of a four year ban. Both the Athletics Kenya and Anti Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) are yet to confirm whether or not they received the results from the AIU.
However, ADAK in their statement this afternoon said they whatsoever don’t know both Doping Control Officers (DCO) who tested Kiprop. However, in their statement, AIU said that Kiprop knows the two individuals.