The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned four-time European cross country gold medallist Aras Kaya for three years after testing for the presence of a prohibited substance erythropoietin (EPO), which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.
The 28-year-old, who was born as Amos Kibitok in Kenya, admitted using EPO at a 10km race that was held in Romania in September.
The violation carries a four-year ban but Kaya received a one-year reduction because he “returned a signed admission” on the day he was notified of the test result, the AIU said.
His disqualification of the results started from December 4, 2022, with all results since September 25, including the forfeiture of any titles, awards, medals, points prizes and appearance money.
The AIU has banned Aras Kaya of Turkey for 3 years, starting from 4 December 2022, for the presence/use of a Prohibited Substance (EPO). DQ results since 25 September 2022.
— Athletics Integrity Unit (@aiu_athletics) December 16, 2022