Three-time world 1,500m champion, Asbel Kiprop, is crying foul saying nobody has worked on his plea of innocence, a year following his temporary suspension for alleged doping. Last February, 2018, Kiprop gave a urine sample to be tested in an out-of-competition testing initiative by the Athletes Integrity Unit (AIU) through the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).The athlete's urine sample came back positive for EPO, a blood-boosting agent that violates international doping rules. However, Kiprop insists he never doped and suspects that his sample might have been switched.
Kiprop said, "A day like today (February 3, 2018) I was personally notified by AIU that I failed a drug test. An allegation that I denied because I did not dope. The year has been like a decade to me, losing fans and all that comes with hard work. I always ask myself Why?"
In March 2018, the 29-year-old was charged with violating anti-doping regulations. Kiprop's case now rests with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) disciplinary tribunal. It can ban him from competing for upto four years if they determine he is guilty of doping.
Kiprop pleaded, "I miss inspiration and hope. I miss the dream. I miss the spirit of athletics. I miss what I live for. It's not time to let go. I still got it in me. Please AIU serve me justice please. I did not dope. My life will never be the same even if I earn justice over false doping accusation.
In the last six years, about 50 Kenyan athletes have failed drug tests which has forced the IAAF to rank it among the countries with high risk and with the potential of its athletes taking banned doping substances.
About the Author
Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega