Kenya’s Alex lagat has tested positive for the use of a Prohibited Substance, Triamcinolone Acetonide, which is a violation of the World Anti-doping rules.
Lagat was nabbed during Tychy half marathon in China, where he finished in second place on September 3rd this year.
Tychy Half Marathon became part of the Silesian Anti-Doping Initiative program where Triamcinolone is a glucocorticosteroid, that is prohibited in sports, a drug used for therapeutic purposes.
Lagat was caught using triamcinolone, the same drug for which Diana Kipyokei the winner of the 2021 Boston Marathon 2021 which resulted with a six year doping ban.
The race organisers later send out a press release which stated, “Triamcinolone, a glucocorticosteroid, was detected in one of the tested participants. It is a drug prohibited during competitions for licensed professional competitors of national and international level. It is also a drug used for therapeutic purposes. In a situation where it would be a professional competitor, he should submit an application for retroactive TUE (i.e. a document allowing the use of agents in specific doses for therapeutic purposes). In a situation where it concerns an amateur competitor – without a license – such documents are not required.”
After being caught with positive anti-doping test, Alex Lagat still went ahead to participate in more races in Croatia, the Czech Republic, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which if reviewed by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) could result in a stiffer penalty.