The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has reprimanded Joel Maina Mwangi from Kenya for breaching the rule regarding Prohibition against Participation during Ineligibility (ADR Rule 10.14.1).
The AIU contacted Mwangi about his actions, which he readily admitted and apologised for his mistake, explaining he had not realised the courses would be prohibited because they were being organised by World Athletics online and did not involve in-person attendance.
The AIU stated that, Rule 10.14.1 of the 2021 ADR must be strictly followed and he should not participate in any activity while banned, whether organised by World Athletics or a Member Federation (other than authorised anti-doping education or rehabilitation programmes).
“No Athlete or other Person who has been declared Ineligible or is subject to a Provisional Suspension may, during a period of Ineligibility or Provisional Suspension, participate in any capacity in a Competition or activity (other than authorised anti-doping Education or rehabilitation programs) authorised or organised by any Signatory, Signatory’s member organisation, or a club or other member organisation of a Signatory’s member organisation, or in Competitions authorised or organised by any professional league or any international or national level event organisation or any elite or national-level sporting activity funded by a governmental agency.”
On 10 July 2023, Mwangi signed an admission and acceptance form in which he admitted that he had committed a violation of the prohibition against participation during Ineligibility by participating in and completing the Courses and accepted the Consequences proposed by the AIU for such violation in the form of a reprimand.
After the admission and degree of fault by Mwangi the AIU reprimanded him.
Mwangi is not yet out of the fire just in case if an appeal is filed against this decision by WADA, ADAK or NADO Italia, he will be entitled to exercise his right of cross-appeal in accordance with Rule 13.2.4.
The AIU has reprimanded Joel Maina Mwangi (Kenya) for breaching the rule regarding Prohibition against Participation during Ineligibility (ADR Rule 10.14.1). pic.twitter.com/aDMN3pdiWd
— Athletics Integrity Unit (@aiu_athletics) August 4, 2023