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Do not Ban Us; Kenyan Government asks World Athletics

The Kenyans government has  written to the World Athletics asking it not to ban the country from the as they seek to clean up the mess that has been created by few rotten individuals who have placed the country in the bad light by their doping menace as it intensifies to clean the entire sport.

The Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts, Ababu Namwamba, spoke through a press release saying, “We cannot allow our nation to be banned because of the actions of some greedy unethical individuals.”.

“We will target and deal decisively with the criminals and their syndicates. We must work together to eradicate doping and cheating from athletics and sports in general.” Said Namwamba.

The government has told the governing body that it has committed an annual amount of $5 million over the next five years for the fight against doping, the Daily Nation newspaper reported.

It is also taking “firm measures” and had a commitment of “zero tolerance” towards doping, he said.

Fifty-five Kenyan athletes are currently banned and eight provisionally suspended, according to the data from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) now World Athletics included the distance-running superpower on a list of nations most at risk of doping in July 2018. It came as part of new regulations by the WA Council put more responsibility on National Federations to deal with the problem. Kenya is among four countries included in Category A – member federations the World Athletics believe are most likely to have doping problems – along with Ethiopia, Belarus, hosts of next year’s European Games, and Ukraine.

The AIU has that they have received an email from the Cabinet Secretary but they are yet to respond to it as they await full communication from the Monaco meeting that will be held on Tuesday next week.

Kenya might be banned tomorrow by World Athletics

Kenya might be suspended from ALL Athletics activities tomorrow (Friday, 25) by the World Athletics (WA) and Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) due to that rampant doping cases that have engulfed the country this year by Kenyan runners.

Our source a senior official at Athletics Kenya, on condition of anonymity request told Athletics.co.ke, “From where I seat and the information am getting directly from AIU top officials, it’s a done case.” We are at their mercies as from now and we should prepare ourselves for the worse which is being suspended for a minimum of two years or a maximum of three years, so that we can put our house in order,” he said.

The senior official said that there are many top elite athletes that AIU is on their radar and soon they will be unmasked and this will be the end of their running careers.

“Many athletes and the country at large will be affected and it will be an expensive affair that will cost jobs and many lives will be affected directly and indirectly,” he said.

This year alone the country has had 17 athletes sanctioned by AIU for a range of doping violations with eight athletes currently on provisional suspensions, with the outcomes of their cases pending.

The newly appointed cabinet secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts, Ababu Namwamba, has been vocal on the intentions that government is going to take in the fight against the doping menace, “We are going to criminalise doping to levels you cannot imagine. We are going to be very, very harsh.

Ten Kenya athletes have tested positive since last year, for a banned substance called triamcinolone Acetonide, while two others from other nations tested positive for the same substance.

“It is a synthetic corticosteroid medication administered through injection into joints to treat various joint conditions. It is also used topically to treat various skin conditions, such as relieving the discomfort of mouth sores,” he said.

The late Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat in 2015, suspended Rosa Associati management stable run by Dr. Gabrielle Rosa and Gerard Van de Veen of Volare Sports.

Athletes who have been banned at Rosa stable include, three-time Boston marathon winner Rita Jeptoo, two-time world champion Asbel Kiprop and the 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong while at Volare Sports include Wilson Kipsang.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) now World Athletics included the distance-running superpower on a list of nations most at risk of doping in July 2018.

It came as part of new regulations by the WA Council put more responsibility on National Federations to deal with the problem.

Kenya is among four countries included in Category A – member federations the World Athletics believe are most likely to have doping problems – along with Ethiopia, Belarus, hosts of next year’s European Games, and Ukraine.

Elijah Manangoi Completes his two years Ban

The 2017 World 1500m champion, Elijah Manangoi will be free (from today midnight Dec 22) to compete after serving his two years ban for “whereabouts failures” that was imposed on him by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

The 28 years old was provisionally suspended after missing three tests from July 2019 to December 2019. The three missed tests in a 12-month span led to his suspension of two years which forced him not to defend his world title in 2019.

Manangoi is the 2015 World Champion silver medallist, 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and he is also the 2018 African 1500m Champion.

Manangoi was cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2017

The AIU was established by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) now World Athletics (WA) in 2017, has managed to conclusively handle over 250 doping cases with Kenya among those countries with most banned athletes.

Sex verification in sport: the sidelining of intersex athletes

Sex verification in sport has been debated for decades, with the likes of Ewa Kłobukowska and Caster Semenya being banned from women’s sports in the process. As more athletes were prohibited from competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics earlier this year, the debate is far from over.

Regulations have evolved over the years, as our understanding of sex and intersexuality progresses. Sex verification was initially in the form of physical examinations during the 1960s, then replaced by genetic tests. At the 2012 London Olympics, a new regulation was put in place, whereby eligibility to compete in the female classification depended on an athlete’s testosterone levels.

The legislation was hugely unpopular, with the appeal of Indian sprinter Dutee Chand resulting in the regulation’s suspension. It was determined that there was insufficient evidence to show that elevated testosterone levels give athletes a sporting advantage. Testosterone can certainly induce muscle growth, but in many sports other skills, namely agility and coordination, shape the level of an athlete’s success.

As a result of Chand’s successful appeal, researchers funded by World Athletics, formerly known as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), published studies claiming that higher testosterone levels confer a significant sporting advantage in 400m to 1-mile running events. Despite some criticising the integrity of the data, new regulations were implemented based on this evidence in 2018. It mandated female athletes with ‘Differences in Sex Development’ (DSDs) to lower their testosterone levels if they choose to compete in the female classification of such events.

The legislation was challenged by intersex athlete Caster Semenya back in May 2019: “Excluding female athletes or endangering our health solely because of our natural abilities puts World Athletics on the wrong side of history”.

In response, the regulations were upheld, as the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) ruled the differential treatment of intersex athletes “necessary, reasonable and proportionate”. At this year’s Tokyo Games, the eligibility of athletes was determined by individual sporting federations.

“Therefore, contrary to popular belief, sex is not binary. Such variations may be uncommon in the general population, but some have suggested that intersexuality is far more common amongst elite athletes”

Before proceeding any further, it should be pointed out that intersexuality is different to transgenderism. Intersex people are born with ambiguous sex, while transgender people feel their gender and sex are misaligned. Consequently, the regulations are different for the two situations, and this article focuses strictly on the former.

The science behind World Athletics’ legislation

It’s commonly accepted that gender is an individual choice of identification, while sex is an unalterable, congenital trait. The definition of sex is multi-faceted: genetic sex is the possession of XY chromosomes in males and XX chromosomes in females, gonadal sex is the possession of testes in males and ovaries in females, and anatomic sex is the possession of penises for males and vaginas for females.

In most cases, sex differentiation is straightforward: females will inherit XX chromosomes, which means they subsequently develop ovaries and a vagina, with the opposite being true for males.

However, in a minority of cases, some individuals can possess a mixture of both male and female biological traits. For example, they may have XX chromosomes and ovaries yet have external genitalia somewhat resembling a penis. These deviations from biological expectation are known as intersexuality, or DSDs. Therefore, contrary to popular belief, sex is not binary. Such variations may be uncommon in the general population, but some have suggested that intersexuality is far more common amongst elite athletes.

The newest World Athletics eligibility regulations only apply to intersex athletes. Non-intersex women with testosterone levels above the 5nmol/L limit are not required to lower their testosterone production in order to compete in the female category. Although it’s recognised that non-intersex women can also have elevated testosterone levels, especially those suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome or adrenal tumours, their levels rarely exceed the 5nmol/L limit. Furthermore, there is ambiguity in the regulations, such that intersex athletes with some specific DSD variations might arbitrarily be exempt too.

 What are the aims of the DSD regulations?

Records show that there is a performance difference between men and women in most sports. No doubt, non-physiological factors such as funding contribute to the gap, but biological factors undeniably play a role too. World Athletics believes that the higher testosterone levels in men are the main reason for their sporting advantage over females. However, this argument may be flawed given that higher testosterone levels only correlate with better performance in a limited range of running events.

“When athletes are segregated into male and female classifications, those in the middle of the spectrum, or those who are intersex, will inevitably be treated differently compared to non-intersex athletes”

The aim of the DSD regulations was not to verify sex; it was to distinguish athletes with a competitive advantage from those without. Yet, by permitting non-intersex female athletes to have a testosterone level exceeding the 5nmol/L limit, the governing body is not separating athletes into the male and female classifications solely according to testosterone levels. In fact, the organisation is seeking to define and verify sex.

Testosterone is one of the key factors that determine anatomic sex and, as its levels rise, an individual’s sexual characteristics become increasingly masculine. But at what specific point on this spectrum does a woman become a man? Any line drawn to segregate males and females will be arbitrary. Moreover, the definition of sex is evidently complicated, given that genetic, gonadal, and anatomic sex can be independent of each other in intersex individuals.

When athletes are segregated into male and female classifications, those in the middle of the spectrum, or those who are intersex, will inevitably be treated differently compared to non-intersex athletes.

By definition, intersex individuals do not fit into the binary constructs of the male and female sexes. It is therefore problematic to think of intersex athletes simply as females with an inborn sporting advantage due to their increased testosterone levels.

 Striking a balance between sporting integrity and intersex rights

 One proposed solution is the creation of a third classification in sports. However, such a decision would risk alienating athletes with DSDs, as for some their intersexuality does not become known until puberty or even during adulthood.

They may have been raised as a certain sex their entire life, and therefore forcing them to compete in a completely separate category of competition would be both unfair and unethical. Additionally, the terms ‘DSD’ and ‘intersexuality’ broadly cover many different types of biological variations, making it hugely problematic to subject all intersex athletes to standardized regulations.

There is no simple answer to this debate, and a satisfactory solution will not be found in the foreseeable future; our scientific knowledge simply remains lacking, especially in the field of athletic performance. A good first step would be to eliminate the non-physiological contributors to performance differences between the sexes by increasing both the investment in and marketing of women’s sport.

As a result, the physiological contributors to performance differences would be better elucidated and thus inform policy making. Meanwhile, World Athletics must address the ambiguities and contradictions in its existing DSD regulations.

But most importantly, the underlying science behind intersexuality and the nitty-gritty details of DSD rules need to be better communicated to the general public. Only then can we have meaningful conversations that strive towards the most fair and ethical way to classify athletes according to their abilities.

Source: varsity.co.uk

Secrets that corrupt Lamine Diack took with him to the Grave

Champion long jumper. Coach of the Senegal national football team. Mayor of Dakar. Head of global athletics for 16 years. Olympic powerbroker. Fixer. Corruptor. Convicted super criminal.

Lamine Diack packed a lot into his extraordinary 88 years, which came to a quiet end on Friday. Yet we are perhaps still nowhere close to knowing all of his felonies – and the friends he helped along the way.

True, what we know is staggering enough. Last year Diack received a four-year sentence from the French courts for masterminding a scheme in which the IAAF, now World Athletics, agreed to cover up secretly 23 cases of Russian doping in exchange for £2.7m in bribes. And while another French investigation into Olympic vote-rigging continues, Diack has already been named by a senior figure in the Rio 2016 team as receiving £1.77m for securing African votes. Yet when I spoke to his son, Papa Massata Diack, last year, he hinted that this might be scratching the surface.

“The day Lamine Diack opens his mouth the IOC and Fifa will fall apart,” Papa Massata told me. “Because Lamine Diack knows a lot of secrets, on how the deals were cut to get a lot of the Olympic Games. He knows everything. He’s been the power broker. He was a force in the IOC for a long time.”

Some will say that Massata Diack is a discredited voice, given he was sentenced to five years in prison, fined €1m and banned from sport for 10 years for his part in the Russian doping scandal. It is also true that he remains the subject of an Interpol wanted notice. However, Massata Diack, who is protected by the authorities in Senegal, maintains he was not given a fair trial by the French courts, is innocent and will appeal.

What is also indisputable is that Massata Diack operated in the corridors of power long before he became an IAAF marketing consultant after his father took charge of global athletics in 1999. He pointed out that he started his company Pamodzi in 1987 and sold $620m of sponsorship contracts in his career. But, he added, cryptically: “Maybe the time of keeping quiet is finished.”

In recent weeks Massata Diack has used his Twitter account to drop a few hints about what he might know. And when I spoke to a seasoned Olympic consultant on Friday, who talked on condition of anonymity, he believed this could be just the start – and that Massata Diack did indeed know many of his father’s secrets. “With Lamine Diack’s passing, there will be a lot of very important people around the world holding their breath as to what Papa will do next,” he said.

“Because if this liberates Papa to say: ‘Well, now my father can’t be punished one way or the other, and I’m safe in Senegal, I might as well just let rip,’ there’s going to be a lot of people, from bids going right back to the 90s, who will be extremely anxious as to what Papa is going to do.”

That person also reckoned that Lamine Diack was the last of the great sports dictators, people who – like Sepp Blatter, Juan Antonio Samaranch, Joao Havelange and Primo Nebiolo – could pretty much do what they liked with their federations. “It was an opportunity to basically create a fiefdom that you controlled with total power,” he added.

Few opposed Liam Diack. Another source remembers him demanding lots of expensive Seiko watches to give to his friends at his last IAAF congress before the world championships in Beijing 2015. When Diack was told all the quota of watches in the Seiko sponsorship deal had been used up, he immediately demanded a load more be provided from future years. Who would dare say no?

But has the era of the sporting dictator really ended? Recent history suggests not. Last year a report into the International Weightlifting Federation found shocking levels of corruption, cronyism, cover-ups, bribes and an omerta that would impress the five families. At one point the report noted that the former head of the IWF, Tamas Ajan, even called up the head of the Albanian weightlifting federation and issued an ultimatum: pay a $100,000 fine for doping offences – in cash – or his team would not go to the Rio Olympics.

Meanwhile the governing body of amateur boxing, Aiba, is still trying to earn its place back in the Olympic movement after being stripped of its right to run the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament after the IOC warned that its behaviour presented “serious legal, financial and reputational risks to the IOC and the Olympic Movement”.

It is easy to see why this happens. International sports federations are autonomous, which means there is no sheriff to watch over them, and they also face little scrutiny from the press, public or the IOC. Clearly executive term limits, greater transparency, independent ethics committees and clear anti-corruption guidelines should be a given for all sports bodies. They are not. As things stand, it is easier for those who should be scrutinising power to fall in line rather than rock the boat.

That was seen, of course, with the IAAF. And while Diack has passed on, the question remains over what secrets he took to his grave. Dead men tell no tales but living ones still might.

Source: irishtimes.com

Road Kings Kitwara, Oloititip , Kabuu Complete Doping Ban Race

Sammy Kitwara and Nicholas Kosgei are some of the Kenyan athletes who have completed their doping ban after serving their term that was imposed by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

AIU, the body established by by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) now World Athletics (WA) in 2017, has managed to conclusively handle 250 doping cases with Kenya among those countries with most banned athletes.

Kitwara, who was banned for anti-doping rule violations with the presence of a Prohibited Substance (Terbutaline) (Article 2.1) was handed 16 months since 17 March 2019 that was completed just as Kosgei, who was banned when he was tested positive for Prohibited Substance (Prednisone) (Article 2.1), 16 months ineligibility from 2 February 2020.

The first Kenya elite athlete to fall under the shock of AIU was 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemima Jelagat Sumgong in April 2017 and so far AIU has banned 36 Kenyans.

Sumgong, Mercy Jerotich Kibarus and Salome Jerono Biwott were handed the longest banned period for eight years.

Among the thirty-six elite athletes, ten have so far served their full banning sentence and are free to engage in participating in any race in the world.

Two other athletes; Alfred Kipketer and Benjamin Ngandu Ndegwa will have their ban end by the end of this month (November).

Two cases are still at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) as they are yet to be determined. The athletes, Joyce Chepkirui and Daniel Kinyua Wanjiru have appealed their sentencing.

 Below is the list:  

  1. Suleiman Kipse Simotwo,  Presence of a Prohibited Substance (Norandrosterone) (Article 2.1) 4 years ineligibility from 14 July 2017.
     
  2. Eliud Magut Presence of a Prohibited Substance (Norandrosterone) (Article 2.1), 4 years ineligibility from 14 July 2017.
  1. Lucy Kabuu Wangui, Presence of a Prohibited Substance (Morphine) (Article 2.1) Use of a Prohibited Substance/Method (Morphine) (Article 2.2), 2 years ineligibility from 1 August 2018.
     
  2. Samson Mungai Kagia, Presence of a Prohibited Substance (methylprednisolone) (Article 2.1) Use of a Prohibited Substance/Method (methylprednisolone) (Article 2.2), 2 years ineligibility from 14 October 2018.
  1. Hilary Kepkosgei Yego, Presence of a Prohibited Substance (Norandrosterone) (Article 2.1), 4 years ineligibility from 27 April 2017: 
  1. Sammy Kitwara, Presence of a Prohibited Substance (Terbutaline) (Article 2.1),  16 months ineligibility from 17 March 2019.
  1. Alex Korio Oliotiptip, Whereabouts Failures (Article 2.4), 2 years ineligibility from 19 July 2019.
  1. Philip Cheruiyot Kangogo, Presence of a Prohibited Substance (Higenamine) (Article 2.1) Use of a prohibited Substance (Article 2.2), 2 years ineligibility from 31 July 2019.
  1. James Mwangi Wangari, Presence / Use of a Prohibited Substance (Testosterone) (Article 2.1and Article 2.2), 4 years ineligibility from 19 March 2017 DQ results from 19 March 2017.
  1. Nicholas Kiptoo Kosgei, Presence of a Prohibited Substance (Prednisone) (Article 2.1), 16 months ineligibility from 2 February 2020.
  1. Alfred Kipketer, Whereabouts Failures (Article 2.4), 2 years ineligibility from 26 November 2019.
  1. Benjamin Ngandu Ndegwa, Presence of a Prohibited Substance (Nandrolone) (Article 2.1), 4 years ineligibility from 17 November 2017: DQ results: 6 June 2015 to 17 November 2017 

Coe asks Senegalese President to help extradite Papa Massata Diack to France so can answer bribery allegations

Sebastian Coe has personally asked Senegal’s President Macky Sall to intervene and help have former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) marketing consultant Papa Massata Diack extradited to France for questioning in connection with corruption allegations.

The French prosecutor has claimed there were indications that payments were made by Papa Diack, the son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack, in return for the votes of IAAF and International Olympic Committee (IOC) members over the designation of host cities for the Olympics and other major sporting events.

Papa Diack has been on Interpol’s most wanted list since December 2015 but remains in Dakar as the Senegalese Government refuses to extradite him to France to face the charges.

Sall led Senegal’s delegation to the IOC Session here where yesterday they were awarded the 2022 Summer Youth Olympic Games – set to be the biggest multi-sport event to be hosted in Africa.

“After congratulating the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, on the formal approval of Dakar as the host city of the 2022 Summer Youth Olympic Games, I took the opportunity to request his assistance in working with the French Prosecution to bring to a close an unhappy chapter in our sport,” Coe, the IAAF President, told insidethegames. 

“To date Senegal is the only country that has refused to engage with the investigation and we would like to see this change as the country prepares to stage an Olympic event.

“The President agreed to discuss this and the President of the Senegal Olympic Committee [Mamadou Diagna Ndiaye] has said he will visit Monaco later this year.”

Lamine Diack, arrested by the French authorities in September 2015, is facing additional charges in France for allegedly favouring his son in negotiations for sponsorship and television right deals.

The 85-year-old, President of the IAAF from 1999 to 2015 and a former member of the IOC, was charged with corruption and money laundering three years ago and is now under investigation for “breach of trust”.

Lamine Diack, charged in 2015 with accepting millions of dollars in bribes to cover up failed Russian doping tests, is accused of exploiting his position to enable his son “to appropriate IAAF receipts from sponsors”.

Former IAAF marketing consultant Papa Massata Diack is on Interpol’s most wanted list but Senegal refuses to extradite him to France to face allegations he bribed officials to award Olympic and other events ©Getty Images 

These included Chinese broadcaster CCTV, Russian state bank VTB, Samsung of South Korea and Chinese oil refiner Sinopec.

Papa Diack has been banned from the sport for life by the IAAF but continues to protest his innocence.

He has claimed “this accusation is the biggest lie in the history of world sport”.

Papa Diack blamed the accusations on a smear campaign to tarnish his father’s reputation.

Brazilian investigators have claimed that politicians and Carlos Nuzman, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, arranged a $2 million (£1.5 million/€1.8 million) bribe for Lamine Diack’s vote and for him to convince other IOC members from Africa to bring the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Rio de Janeiro.

Papa Diack is also accused of trying to influence the final vote for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, allegedly ensuring that African voters backed Tokyo rather than Madrid.

It has been alleged that a $1.5 million (£1 million/€1.2 million) payment was made from the Tokyo 2020 bid team to a Singapore-based Black Tidings bank account linked to Papa Diack and was made during Japan’s successful campaign.

He has also been linked with a scheme to help Pyeongchang win its bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

source: insidethegames.biz

Russian Athletics Federation takes IAAF to court over suspension

Russia’s athletics federation said on Wednesday it had filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision by global athletics body IAAF to prolong its suspension.

The federation was suspended in November 2015 following a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that found evidence of systematic, state-sponsored doping in the sport.

Federation spokeswoman Natalia Yukhareva told Reuters it had filed an appeal with CAS against the IAAF’s decision to extend the federation’s suspension at its last council meeting in July.

At the time the IAAF said that Russia had made “significant progress” in meeting criteria for reinstatement, but that its suspension would remain in place until the council convened again in December.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and CAS did not immediately return requests for comment.

The move comes days after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) conditionally reinstated Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, angering sports bodies around the globe.

The IAAF said last week that RUSADA’s reinstatement fulfilled one of three pre-conditions for the reinstatement of Russia’s athletics federation.

For the federation to be reinstated, Russia must acknowledge that officials from the Sports Ministry were involved in doping cover-up schemes.

Russian authorities must also provide access to data from testing samples at the Moscow lab, which was also suspended in the wake of the 2015 scandal.

Despite the federation’s suspension, a string of Russian athletes, including 2015 world champion hurdler Sergey Shubenkov, have been cleared to compete internationally after demonstrating they are training in a doping-free environment.

Sebastian Coe: Russia ban no yet lifted

IAAF president Sebastian Coe said Thursday that Russia still has two pre-conditions to meet before they are allowed to return to international competition, despite the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) deciding to lift a ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency.

WADA controversially ended a three-year suspension imposed after Russia was accused of mounting a state-sponsored doping programme.

That in theory paves the way for a return to competition for Russian athletes.

However, the IAAF, which has banned Russian track and field competitors, insists they remain to be convinced.

The organisation’s taskforce will compile a report with a recommendation which will be presented to the IAAF Council at the beginning of December.

“The reinstatement of RUSADA (the Russian anti-doping agency) was one of three pre-conditions,” the IAAF said in a statement.

“The other two pre-conditions are Russian authorities must acknowledge the findings of the McLaren and Schmid Commissions that Ministry of Sport officials were implicated in the scheme to cover up the doping of Russian athletes as described in their reports.

“The Russian authorities must (also) provide access to the data from testing of samples at the Moscow lab from 2011 to 2015, so that the Athletics Integrity Unit can determine whether the suspicious findings reported in the Moscow lab’s database should be pursued.”

Coe said the outstanding pre-conditions will need to be discussed by the taskforce.

“The setting of our own criteria and the process of evaluating progress against these criteria has served athletics well over the last three years so we will continue to rely on the taskforce and our clear roadmap for RusAF (Russian athletics federation) reinstatement until we are satisfied that the conditions have been met,” said Coe.

Simotwo’s four year Doping Ban Upheld

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.