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Eglay Nalyanya suspended for doping

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Eglay Nafuna Nalyanya for the Presence/Use of a Prohibited Substance (Norandrosterone) which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, had been selected by Athletics Kenya to represent the country at the World Athletics Indoor Championships that were held in Belgrade, Serbia,  but she did not participate in the event due to tests that were carried on her which returned traces of bolandione, but the report was never released.

The 25 year-old has been issued with the Notice of Allegation by AIU.

Getaye Gelaw banned for six years for doping

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned Getaye Gelaw from Ethiopia for six years for the presence and use of a prohibited substance (EPO) on multiple occasions, which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The sanction includes an additional period of ineligibility of 2 years, due to the seriousness of the offence and the nature of aggravating circumstances. All his results achieved since 05 Sept 2021 is disqualified.

The 2019 DOZ Maraton champion was banned after violating Rule 2 ADR which constitute an Anti-Doping Rule Violation: “2.1 Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample […] 2.2 Use or Attempted Use by an Athlete of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method”

Joyce Chepkirui banned for four years for doping

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned long-distance runner Joyce Chepkirui from Kenya for four years in a case concerning her Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 33-year-old had been provisionally suspended since June 2019, after an expert panel studied anomalies in her blood samples collected by AIU between 2016 and 2017.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the appeal filed by the Athletics Integrity Unit, and her four-year period of ineligibility has been back-dated to start from 28 June 2019.

Her results from April 6, 2016 and August 4, 2017 that include her bronze medal at the Boston Marathon in April 2016 has been revoked.

Chepkirui is the 2014 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champions and also the 2014 African 10000m champion.

Chepkirui star stated shinning at the 2012 Discovery Kenya Cross Country meet and then winning the  National title at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships, before going on to win the gold medal and team title at the 2012 African Cross Country Championships in Cape Town, South Africa

She also won the  2015 Amsterdam Marathon title before placing third at the Boston Marathon and fourth at the New York City Marathon in 2016.

Kenya is still placed under category A and is ranked alongside Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine. It remains one of the countries AIU considers as having the highest risk level for doping or ADRVs and not just the risk of having more doping cases.

Mathew Kisorio could face eight years ban for doping violations

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has suspended Kenya’s long distance athlete Mathew Kisorio for whereabouts failure.

This is the second time that Kisorio is facing a run in with the AIU, having been handed a two-year doping ban in 2012.

 The athlete has missed three tests under the whereabouts rule. The offense occurred between January 2021 to 2022.

The World Junior 5,000m silver medalist could face up to eight-year ban because of being a repeat offender.

Justus Kimutai also received the suspension though he claims to have informed the AIU of being outside the country at the said period.

Russia won eight gold medals at 2012 Olympics. Now it’s two, after another ban

Russian race walker Yelena Lashmanova has been banned by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for the use of prohibited substances which is a violation of the World Athletics anti-doping rules.

 Lashmanova will be stripped of 2012 Olympic and 2013 World titles, marking the sixth Russian track and field gold medal from the London Games to be taken away due to doping.

The 29 year-old accepted a two-year ban, retroactive to March 2021, and all of her results being disqualified from Feb. 18, 2012 to Jan. 3, 2014.

The charges were based on data and evidence from probes that began several years ago into institutionalized doping in Russia, the AIU said on Monday.

Lashmanova was previously banned for two years after a positive drug test in 2014 and has not competed outside of Russia.

Russia originally won 18 medals, eight golds in track and field at the 2012 Olympics.

Lashmanova’s ban means that the total medals stripped from Russian athletes will be seven medals and two golds.

The other Russians previously stripped of 2012 Olympic track and field gold medals for doping include, race walker Sergey Kirdyapkin, high jumper Ivan Ukhov, hammer thrower Tatyana Lysenko, 800m runner Mariya Savinova and 3000m steeplechase runner Yuliya Zaripova.

China’s Qieyang Shenjie is in line to be upgraded to gold in the women’s 20km race walk. Chinese athletes would sweep the medals should they be reallocated. The three Chinese walkers originally finished third, fourth and sixth.

Russia’s athletics federation was suspended by World Athletics in 2015 following a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report containing allegations of state-supported doping, which Moscow denied.

How athletics became addicted to supplements

At times during her two-year doping ban, South African 100 metres record holder Carina Horn’s depression plunged to such depths that she considered taking her own life. “I thought about getting in the car, drinking whatever and driving at 200kph,” she admitted.

Horn’s crime was to be lured into a glitzy, celebrity-endorsed, multi-billion pound sports supplement industry that promises so much, but has the capacity to ruin careers.

Forced to fly directly to South Africa from a competition in Switzerland due to visa issues, Horn had been without her usual arsenal of trusted supplements – legal dietary products that aid physical performance – which had remained at her training base in Austria.

Attempting to walk the precarious tightrope of maximising her physical potential while not straying into the realms of illegality, she bought some replacement supplements over the counter in South Africa. When two of those – including the startlingly-named Mutant Madness – turned out to be contaminated with illegal substances, Horn fell foul of doping regulations and had her world rocked overnight.

It was a familiar feeling for the GB men’s 4x100m team last week when they were formally stripped of their Olympic silver medal following CJ Ujah’s failed drugs test. While three of them – Richard Kilty, Zharnel Hughes and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake – suffered the harshest punishment through no fault of their own, Ujah has been left fighting for his reputation and career.

Having not challenged the result of his positive test for two banned muscle-building substances, Ostarine and S-23, he instead sought to explain the offence while awaiting sanction.

Like Horn, Ujah said he “unknowingly consumed a contaminated supplement”. According to Kilty, Ujah told team-mates the supplement had not been batch-tested and therefore was not certified for use by Informed Sport, a standard that British Athletics insists athletes adhere to.

Although precise details will not emerge until Ujah’s case concludes and the authorities determine whether his contamination argument is valid, the overriding question is why Ujah felt the need to risk his livelihood by taking such supplements.

A 2001 study funded by the International Olympic Committee into 634 supplements from 13 different Western countries found 14.8 per cent contained prohibited substances not listed on the label. Yet despite athletes being solely responsible for everything in their body, regardless of how it got there, and all leading anti-doping organisations warning against supplement use, it is almost unheard of for an international-level athlete not to take a supplement of some form.

“We understand that supplement use is very common,” said UK Anti-Doping head of education Paul Moss. “It’s a multi-billion dollar industry with some really aggressive marketing campaigns around it. It’s there and it’s not going to stop.

“It’s really difficult when you have a supplement with the face of a global superstar sportsperson endorsing it and saying it has changed their life.”

Aware that telling athletes not to take supplements is a futile battle, authorities instead urge them to use organisations like Informed Sport to ensure substances are batch-tested and certified. For British athletes, it is a message regularly promoted, including in a 45-minute mandatory workshop before last summer’s Tokyo Olympics.

“I can’t just go into a Holland & Barrett and pick up any protein shake off the shelf,” said Kilty. “You’ve got to follow the rules and that means checking all of your supplements. Preferably not taking supplements if you can, but we all do take supplements, but they are all on Informed Sport.”

One sprinter who competed at the Tokyo Games told Telegraph Sport that supplements are seen as “100 per cent legal performance enhancers” in a sport where medals are decided by miniscule margins.

Olympic and world 4x400m relay medalist Martyn Rooney explained: “You’re pushing your body to the limit so you need to support it as much as you can. You supplement with whatever you need to take on.

“It’s just trying to maximise your body without delving into banned substances. From an athlete’s point of view it’s a normal part of life and as long as you’re using Informed Sport it should be fine.”

The problem comes from a discrepancy in standards worldwide. While the 2001 study found an almost 15 per cent supplement contamination rate in Western countries, the risk in more developing countries might be far higher.

Brett Clothier, head of the Athletics Integrity Unit, said: “The reality is that in the majority of places around the world, athletes can’t get access to those reputable supplements so it becomes really risky. It’s really difficult to guarantee anything. That’s why our advice, as a general rule to all athletes, is not to take supplements.”

With a reduction in length of the mandatory four-year doping ban available if athletes can prove a failed test is due to inadvertent ingestion such as supplement contamination, Moss admits that does “at times mean defences are built on spurious attempts to show this when a deliberate doping offence has been made”.

However, of 90 worldwide athletics doping cases that have concluded since the start of 2020, only six have involved supplement contamination, of which three were successfully argued and resulted in shorter bans. Horn’s was one of them.

Analysis of the alarming 10 supplements (including nutritional aids, vitamins, painkillers and sleeping tablets) she was taking at the time of her failed test in 2019 found two were contaminated with the banned substances Ibutamoren and Ligandrol.

Horn also proved she had contacted the chief executive of the supplement company prior to purchase, who wrongly confirmed the products were safe for elite athletes.

“I’d done all my homework, spoken to my coach, and spoken to the CEO so I thought it was all good,” she said. “But it doesn’t matter how much research you do.”

Having concluded Horn had “by the very narrowest of margins” demonstrated the failed test was unintentional, the AIU banned her for two years.

While Ujah’s fate remains unknown, Horn is now free to return to competition after her suspension expired in September. Burned by her experience, she is ready to test the anti-doping agencies’ theories that you can win without additional aid.

“I now don’t feel comfortable taking any supplements,” she said. “I don’t think it’s worth the risk.

“This upcoming season, I’m not going to take anything at all – just Red Bull, Powerade and water. So I will 100 per cent see how much supplements actually help you.”

Source: telegraph.co.uk

Courts rejects Daniel Wanjiru’s doping appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed Daniel Wanjiru’s appeal & upheld the Disciplinary Tribunals decision to ban him for 4 years for an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) violation.

The 2017 London Marathon winner denied any wrongdoing, had been provisionally suspended by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) since April 2020 after he was found guilty of the doping violation.

Blessing Okagbare faces fresh four-year ban for doping violation

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, who was, at the weekend, banned for 10 years by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics for doping offences, may be further punished by the body for more anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) following revelations in the ongoing case between the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Eric Lira.

The latest indictment could also see a Nigerian male sprinter getting a four-year ban alongside Okagbare.

On January 12, 2022, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York issued a press release concerning the filing of criminal charges publicly against Lira.

Those charges relate to the distribution of prohibited substances to two athletes for the purpose of cheating at the 2020 Olympic Games held in Tokyo in the summer of 2021.

The FBI complaint sets out highly incriminating text and voice messages by ‘Athlete 1, who the AIU believes is Okagbare with a contact named “Eric Lira Doctor’ in 2020 and 2021.

The messages include Okagbare asking Lira for vials or doses of EPO and hGH and querying the quantity of drugs she would need for herself and ‘Athlete 2’ (believed to be a Nigerian male sprinter).

The messages also included Okagbare sending to Lira a list of drugs that she wanted, including hGH and EPO.

On June 13, 2021, Okagbare queried in a message sent to Lira whether she was safe to take a test following a particular dosage, and because she was not sure, she ‘just let them go so it will be a missed test.’

Following this revelation, World Athletics, on January 14, 2022, sent a notice of investigation letter to Okagbare concerning the potential ADRVs of Evading sample collection (Rule 2.3) and tampering (Rule 2.5).

The notice, according to World Athletics, was based on its assertion that Okagbare is “Athlete 1.”

The AIU is currently investigating these matters albeit Okagbare in her defence claimed she did not evade any test.

“As I had earlier responded to you on this issue, I did [sic] was in my room on June 13, 2021, and did not hear or see the DCO (Doping Control Officer). Though that I ensured that my phone was available in case there was a need to reach me on my mobile phone, I had no knowledge that the DCO was at my door on that day.

“On the demand to provide copies of messages referred to in the unsealed complaint against Lira, I did not have any such conversation or message with Lira at any time on or around June 13, 2021 to the best of my knowledge and do not have it on my phone,” Okagbare wrote in her defence.

She is liable to a further four-year ban if she is found guilty of violating Rule 2.3 or Rule 2.5.

source: guardian.ng

Aziz Lahbabi receives the second doping ban

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned Aziz Lahbabi from Morocco for three years for the presence and use of a prohibited substance, which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 2010 World Junior bronze medallist Champion will be receiving his second doping ban after the six-month ban for methylhexanamine in 2015.

The 2013 Mediterranean Games silver medallist was banned after Use of a Prohibited Substance / Method (Article 2.2) – ABP case which is a prohibited substance under the World AntiDoping Code (“WADC”) and the ADR which violates article 2.2.

The 30 year-old won the 2014 Roma-Ostia Half Marathon with a significant personal best of 59:25 which was a Moroccan record and the fastest by a non-East African runner.