Blow as another Kenyan athlete Kiptum fails doping test


Abraham Kiptum wins the Valencia Half Marathon (PHOTO/IAAF/Organisers)
Abraham Kiptum wins the Valencia Half Marathon (PHOTO/IAAF/Organisers)

In Summary

  • Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum has been handed a four-year ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after failing a doping test.
  • In a statement released Monday, AIU disclosed that Kiptum had violated the anti-doping rules in connection to the abnormalities in the haematological module of his Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) which indicates use of a prohibited substance or methods.
  • AIU revealed that the athlete undergone seven tests in a period between October 13, 2018 and December 25, 2018 which according to AIU, the athlete posted an abnormal ABP profile.

Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum has been handed a four-year ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after failing a doping test.

In a statement released Monday, AIU disclosed that Kiptum had violated the anti-doping rules in connection to the abnormalities in the haematological module of his Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) which indicates use of a prohibited substance or methods.

AIU revealed that the athlete undergone seven tests in a period between October 13, 2018 and December 25, 2018 which according to AIU, the athlete posted an abnormal ABP profile.

The Athlete Biological Passport consists of an electronic record that compiles and collates a specific athlete’s test and results and other data over time and is unique to that particular athlete.

The former World half marathon record holder would subsequently earn a provisional suspension this year on April 26.

In his response, the athlete maintained that “he had never used any prohibited substances or prohibited method and relied on history of negative urine tests taken in the period of his ABP Review…,” read the statement.

However, on its part AIU ruled that the athlete tested positive for banned substances “…. in view of the foregoing and in particular, on the basis of the First Expert Panel Joint Opinion and the Second Expert Panel, the AIU submits that the ABP profile of the athlete constitutes reliable evidence of blood doping….” the statement continued.

The 30-year-old will thus serve a four-year doping ban that will be back dated to April 26 when he was provisionally suspended.

Moreover, the athlete will also have all the results he registered between October 13, 2018 and April 26, 2019 disqualified including forfeiture of any titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money.

The above now means the athlete who hails from Nandi County will lose his 2018 Valencia Half marathon title where he had set the previous world record in that it was held on October 28.

 

 

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