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Kenyan Champion Suspended Over Doping Violation

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Commonwealth Games champion Elijah Manangoi became the latest Kenyan to be suspended over anti-doping violations after the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) raised a red flag on the 2017 World Champion.

Manangoi has been provisionally suspended in a case of whereabouts failures, the AIU, track and field’s doping watchdog organization, announced on Thursday July 23.

The AIU also announced that the Disciplinary Tribunal banned long-distance runner Kenneth Kipkemoi of Kenya for two years with effect from February 25, 2020 for the presence of a prohibited substance, a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

File image of Kenyan runner Kenneth Kipkemoi

Also sanction by the Disciplinary Tribunal is Mercy Kibarus of Kenya who was slapped with a eight-year ban with effect from 05 December, 2019 for the presence of a prohibited substance, a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The AIU provisionally suspended long-distance runner Patrick Siele of Kenya for evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection, a violation of the World Athletics.

Athletes must provide doping officials with their whereabouts, or locations to be available for out-of-competition testing.

Three missed tests in a 12-month span can lead to a suspension, even if an athlete has never tested positive.

The Athletics Integrity Unit did not disclose details about Manangoi’s case, such as if or when he has a hearing to determine anything beyond the provisional ban.

Kenya’s Elijah Motonei Manangoi celebrates after winning the men’s 1,500m final in August 2017. Source: File

Manangoi was unable to defend his world title in 2019 due to injury. Since July 2017, he is the only man to defeat Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot in the 1500m, doing so five times. Cheruiyot won the 2019 World title and is the Olympic favorite.

Other Kenyan distance-running stars have been banned in recent years for failing drug tests.

Rita Jeptoo had Boston and Chicago Marathon titles stripped, and Jemima Sumgong was banned after winning the Rio Olympic marathon after both tested positive for EPO. Asbel Kiprop, a 2008 Olympic 1500m champion and a three-time world champ, was banned four years after testing positive for EPO in November 2017.

Wilson Kipsang, a former marathon world-record holder, was earlier in July banned four years for whereabouts failures.

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