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results from April 6, 2016 and August 4, 2017 that include her bronze medal at the Boston Marathon in April 2016 has been revoked.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.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld an appeal filed by the AIU and banned Kenyan long-distance runner Joyce Chepkirui for 4 years, starting 28 June 2019, for an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) violation.
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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.