The doping ban imposed on the 2010 Meeting Grand Prix IAAF de Dakar 3000m champion Suleiman Simotwo of Kenya has been upheld.
The provisional ban that was imposed was on July 14, 2017, was upheld by the IAAF Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after the 38 year old athlete in his defence failed to identify how the Norandosterone entered his system.
Simotwo was busted after an In-Competition urine sample test at the IAAF Vienna city marathon in Austria on April 23, 2017 where he settled for a third place finish.
Analysis of the sample, carried out at the WADA accredited Seibersdorf Laboratory in Austria, established an adverse analytical finding (“AAF”) for Norandrosterone, a metabolite of Nandrolone, which is a prohibited substance under the World AntiDoping Code (“WADC”) and the ADR
Simotwo’s individual results obtained in the Vienna City Marathon on 23 April 2017 have been disqualified with all resulting consequences including the forfeiture of any medals, titles, awards, points and prize and appearance money.
Any results obtained by him in Competitions that have taken place between 23 April 2017 and the date of his Provisional Suspension shall also be disqualified, including the forfeiture of any medals, titles, awards, points and prize and appearance money.
At the Vienna City Marathon Robert Chemosin led a Kenyan sweep of the podium for his first victory in the discipline.
Competing in his third career marathon, Chemosin defied strong head winds in the final kilometers and accelerated from a leading group of five. He finished in a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 48 seconds.
Runner-up Charles Cheruiyot came 21 seconds behind to set a personal best of 2:10:09, and Suleiman Simotwo was another six seconds back in third.
Simotwo’s indoor personal best over 1500 m of 3:35.24 minutes, achieved in 2006, was the second best time in the world that season, only behind two times world indoor silver medalist Daniel Kipchirchir Komen.
In accordance with IAAF ADR Article 13 Simotwo may appeal against this decision by lodging a Notice of Appeal according to the applicable time limits.