Blow For Kenya As Athletics Integrity Unit Confirms Asbel Kiprop Tested Positive

Athletics Integrity Unit has confirmed that Olympic and three times 1,500m world champion Asbel Kiprop tested positive for recombinant erythropoietin (“EPO”).

In an official statement, AIU state that In response to Mr Kiprop’s public statement, the AIU confirms that recombinant erythropoietin (“EPO”) was detected in a urine sample collected from Mr Kiprop on 27 November 2017. 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.

Former Olympic champion Aspel Kiprop Refutes Claim That He Tested Positive for Banned Substance

This comes after the celebrated athlete went public denying that he was indeed embroiled in a doping scandal.

He said, ‘I have read the reports linking me to doping. As an athlete, I have been at the forefront of the fight against doping in Kenya, a fight I strongly believe in and support.

‘I would not want to ruin all what I have worked for since my first international race in 2007. I hope I can prove that I am a clean athlete in every way possible.’

Reacting to his comments as well as rumors that his sample might have been tampered with, the unit added that they were satisfied there had been no mix up.

The AIU is satisfied that there has been no mix up or tampering with the Sample and that the Sample collected from the Athlete on 27 November 2017 was the same Sample analysed by the Laboratory and reported as an Adverse Analytical Finding.

Read the rest of the statement below.

AIU

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) notes the public statement made yesterday by Mr Asbel Kiprop in relation to a matter that is currently pending under the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules.

In the course of these proceedings, Mr Kiprop has made a number of public allegations in relation to the sample collection process. These allegations have been investigated by the AIU. The AIU is satisfied that there has been no mix up or tampering with the Sample and that the Sample collected from the Athlete on 27 November 2017 was the same Sample analysed by the Laboratory and reported as an Adverse Analytical Finding.

The AIU has confirmed that the Doping Control Assistant involved in testing Mr Kiprop on 27 November 2017 (who is known to Mr Kiprop) admitted that he provided Mr Kiprop with advanced notice of the testing that was to take place on that date. This is extremely disappointing. The AIU has submitted to the Tribunal that these actions may constitute a departure from the requirements of the International Standard for Testing and Investigations (“ISTI”).

Under the Rules, a departure from the requirements of the ISTI 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. Mr Kiprop alleges that the confidentiality of the proceedings was breached by the AIU.

This allegation is rejected. The AIU has fully adhered to the principle of confidentiality throughout. In relation to Mr Kiprop’s allegation that he was offered a ‘reward’ of being an IAAF ambassador on anti-doping, this is also rejected.

Prior to the commencement of the disciplinary proceedings AIU investigators met with Mr Kiprop. The purpose of the meetings was to notify him of the positive test and give him the opportunity to admit any offence promptly or to provide information about doping in athletics that could amount to “substantial assistance”.

This is standard practice for the AIU when serious doping substances have been detected in any sample. Any suggestion that there was anything improper about this conversation is categorically untrue.

Former Olympic champion Aspel Kiprop Refutes Claim That He Tested Positive for Banned Substance

Asbel Kiprop, has come out to deny claims that he has tested positive for a banned distance.

According to Dailymail, the Olympic and three times world champion over 1500m, had failed an out of competition test however, there was no confirmation from the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) or Athletics Kenya (AK)

On Wednesday night he said: ‘I have read the reports linking me to doping. As an athlete, I have been at the forefront of the fight against doping in Kenya, a fight I strongly believe in and support.

‘I would not want to ruin all what I have worked for since my first international race in 2007. I hope I can prove that I am a clean athlete in every way possible.’

It would represent a massive blow to athletics as well as Kenyan distance running when it was only last year that Jemima Sumgong, the Olympic women’s marathon champion in Rio in 2016, tested positive for EPO and was banned for four years.

Kiprop has been on the start list of the opening Diamond League of the season in Doha since the event began in 2010 but he is not listed among the athletes to compete there this coming Friday.

The 28-year-old shot to prominence in 2008 when, aged just 19, he finished second in the Olympic 1500m final in Beijing. He was only narrowly beaten by Rashid Ramzi but his silver medal was upgraded to gold when the Bahraini runner tested positive for CERA, which is a modern form of EPO.

At the world championships Kiprop dominated his event, winning in 2011, 2013 and 2015, running the third fastest 1500m in history in 2015 too.

For the past few years Kenya has had a rash of positive tests – in 2016 they reported 40 cases over the previous four years – with marathon star Rita Jeptoo also being caught using EPO. Like Kiprop she too was managed by Rosa, who was the subject of a doping investigation by the Kenyan authorities in 2016.

-Dailymail

Peru Captain Out Of World Cup After Being Banned For Taking Cocaine

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will miss next year’s World Cup after being handed a one-year ban for taking cocaine, FIFA said on Friday.

The 33-year-old striker, who plays for Flamengo in Brazil, had been provisionally suspended after failing a doping test following Peru’s World Cup qualifier against Argentina in Buenos Aires in October.

World football’s governing body said in a statement its Disciplinary Committee had found that Guerrero had violated article six of the organisation’s Anti-Doping Regulations.

Cocaine is categorised as a stimulant and is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of performance-enhancing substances.

Peru qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 by beating New Zealand in a two-legged playoff. Guerrero missed both of those matches.

Guererro will be a huge miss for Peru as a leader and goal-scorer. He has 82 caps for his country and 32 goals in total.

He was key member of the side in qualifying, scoring six times and leading Los Incas to fifth place in the South American standings.

The veteran striker has experience at the top level, having spent two years at Bayern Munich between 2004-06, during which time he scored 10 times in 27 games.

Guerrero then moved to Hamburg where he established himself as a reliable presence up front, playing more than 100 times for the club.

His ban will be back-dated to November 3 and will apply to international, domestic and official friendly fixtures.

-Dailymail