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Asbel Kiprop should expect just judgment, says AIU Boss

Three times world 1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop’s doping case is expected to conclude with a fair judgment as his case has been referred to the DT. The head of the Athletics Integrity Unit spoke exclusively to Athletics News on various issues touching on doping in the country and globally.

Brett Clothier the head of Athletics Integrity Unit said that although there was no evidence of institutionalized doping in the country, it was still case for serious concern. He also mentioned on Kiprop that although the case is still under review by judges handling the case, AIU was determined to give him a fair hearing and conclusive judgment.

This comes in the wake of Kiprop insisting that the process to take samples from him was marred by irregularities starting with the anti-doping agents calling him prior to testing him which goes against their own internal regulations.

Secondly accusations of extortion from one of the officials have further tainted the whole process since it attacks the integrity of AIU as it goes about its global policing effort of curbing doping amongst athletes.

In May the AIU rejected claims his sample was tampered with and that testers had asked him for money.

‘I could trust them’ – what happened?

Kiprop was tested on 27 November 2017 in Iten, Kenya, having been told the previous night that doping control officers would be visiting.

Although that is against protocol, Kiprop said he did not take it as “something serious” because it had happened before.

The AIU said Kiprop’s sample was not tampered with but said it is “extremely disappointing” he was given advance notice of the test.

In response to Brett, Asbel said, “If at all I earn justice. I’m going to make the best out of my career. I have always not taken things so serious neither bring myself together to realize my full potential. But here I have learned that everything we do we gotta take every step as it counts because in every profession anything can happen anytime. If I earn justice. I will bring all my act together in order to realize my full potential. It will take me over another season to train and get a stable foundation but I believe I will be there. All I pray is to earn justice”.

Kiprop’s failed test dealt another damaging blow to Kenya’s reputation as a middle and long-distance running superpower. Dozens of Kenyans have tested positive for an array of doping substances in recent years. They’ve included big names, among them Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong, Rita Jeptoo, Matthew Kisorio,Agatha Jeruto and Lucy Kabuu.

Sumgong and Jeptoo tested positive for EPO and were banned for four years. Kisorio and Jeruto tested positive for traces of steroids and were banned for two and four years, respectively.


Kipyegon Bett will Loose World Championship Medal if confirmed positive

Reigning world 800m bronze medalist Kipyegon Bett is poised to loose his medal to Briton Kyle Langford in the championships held last year in England.

Bett, the former world under 20 800m champion has tested positive for the banned blood booster Erythropoeitin (EPO).

If his positive test is confirmed, Bett will join a growing list of Kenya athletes to have flouted anti-doping rules. The Milan marathon winner Lucy Kabuu tested positive for morphine earlier this month. Samuel Kalalei, the winner of Athens marathon last November, also tested positive for EPO on 4 June.

Kenyan-born Bahraini runner Ruth Jebet, the 2016 Rio Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion, and former Olympic and three-times world 1,500m champion, Asbel Kiprop, were suspended after their samples tested positive for EPO in February.

Other previous high profile Kenyan athletes who failed dope tests are 2016 Olympics marathon winner Jemima Sumgong and former Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo.

Kipyegon Bett tests positive for EPO

world 800m bronze medallist, Kipyegon Bett has tested positive for banned blood booster Erythropoeitin (EPO), Athletics Kenya officials said on Friday.

Athletics Kenya Executive member Barnabas Korir, said they had received notification from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Thursday that the 20-year-old had submitted a positive sample.

The AIU handles integrity and doping issues for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Should Bett’s B sample match his A sample, he will face a ban from the sport. He is already serving a provisional suspension for failing to submit to sample collection on August 15th.

“We had submitted defence for the case of ‘refusing or failing to submit to sample collection’ by today’s deadline. But last night, we received another notification about the new (EPO) case,” Korir explained.

“We have kicked off due process, accorded to every athlete as per the rules set by AIU. If the second test confirms the first one, then the athlete will have to face full consequences of the (anti-doping) law,” he said.

If his positive test is confirmed, Bett will join a growing list of Kenyan athletes to have flouted anti-doping rules. Milan Marathon winner Lucy Kabuu tested positive for morphine earlier this month. Samuel Kalalei, winner of Athens Marathon last November, also tested positive for EPO on June 4th.

Kenyan-born Bahraini runner Ruth Jebet, the 2016 Rio Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion, and former Olympic and three-times world 1,500m champion, Asbel Kiprop, were suspended after their samples tested positive for EPO in February.

Other previous high profile Kenyan athletes who failed dope tests are 2016 Olympics marathon winner Jemima Sumgong and former Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo.



Tirop Renews Rivalry with Teferi in Netherlands

The World women’s 10,000m bronze medalist Kenya’s Agnes Tirop will renew her rivalry with perennial rival defending champion Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi in the  in Netherlands on September 2nd.

Tirop has beaten Senbere twice and lost to the Ethiopian who is the 2015 World 5000m bronze medalist to the tape in all their encounters.

Their latest encounter was in India on May 27 at the TCS World 10K in Bengaluru where Tirop won to set a new course record as Senbere finished second as the first three runners home went under the former course record of 31:46 by the 2006 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Kenya’s Lucy Kabuu in 2014.

At the World Cross Country championships Tirop edged Senbere for the senior women’s gold to subject the Ethiopian to secure silver to emerge as the second-youngest ever World Cross gold medallist in the women’s race after three times  champ South Africa’s Zola Budd in 1985.

Last year, Teferi returned 30:38 to beat Tirop who clocked 31:00 to be placed in second spot.

With a winning time 30:38, Teferi missed the course record in Tilburg set by compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba at 30:30 in 2012 but at least they ran the fourth fastest time of 2017 over this distance.

With that time, Tefere was even faster than her best times on the track; Last year, she ran in Hengele 30: 40.49, this year at the same place 30: 41.68 and also posting the second best ever time on that course.

Two More Kenyan Runners Fail Doping Test

Two more Kenyan athletes are set to be banned for failing doping test. According to confidential sources, the two athletes will face a four year ban.

The breaking news comes in less than 24 hours after former world U20 800m champion Kipyegon Bett was suspended by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for failing to submit sample collection as stated in Article 2.3 in the anti-doping rules.

If the duo will be suspended they will join growing list of Kenyan runners in less than one month to face sanctions.

The duo will be number sixth and seventh Kenyan runners to be to be charged this year with a doping offence by the AIU.



Another soldier down is a common phrase among soldiers in combat use when one of them falls in battle.

This phrase aptly captures the recent doping cases involving Lucy Kabuu. Their case have one common denominator, they both hail from the Rosa and Associati camp.

One year ago we covered Dr. Gabriele Rosa in an expose detailing how his camp had over the years produced champions as well as the highest number of athletes found to have used enhancing drugs. The recent cases of Kabuu who joined Rosa’s camp in January tested positive for narcotic morphine in April. Until then, Kabuu had been an athlete competing honestly for over 15 years without any involvement with banned substances. It is not wrong to assume that her positive test can be linked to her joining the camp.

Hon. Wesley Korir former Boston Marathon champion had this to say about the latest doping scandal involving Lucy Kabuu from the Rosa camp, “I will be vindicated one day when I say that the biggest problem in Kenya doping menace is Rosa and associates and the only way to truly fight doping in Kenyans is to ban this agency from representing Kenyans. Ask when did Kabuu join this agency and immediately she is doping?

So the question to be answered is who is protecting Dr. Rosa? Why is this camp so important to Kenya despite the negative image it has painted of Kenya, a country that has been known as an athletics powerhouse but now every win is being questioned by the world?

Some of the high level names include Rita Jeptoo, Jemima Sumgong, Mathew Kisorio and Agatha Jeruto. The most recent high level athlete has been Asbel Kiprop. The coach under who these names were found to test positive for banned substances was Claudio Beraddelli.

In 2015 Athletics Kenya banned Rosa Associati and Volare Sports for six months as they investigated their roles in doping cases but were later lifted under unclear circumstances by AK.

Many questions arises about this man Dr. Rosa, how powerful is he that he manages to get his way through this doping issues? Has Athletics Kenya shielded the alleged peddlers of doping in Kenya, Rossa Associati, for a long time? Does Dr. Rosa fund Athletics Kenya? Does he have insiders at the IAAF that shield him and his athletes?

According to his website (www.rosassociati.it) the stable has 69 and 35 top notch athletes from around the world. The stable has names like Nijel Amos, Asbel Kiprop, Lonyangata Paul,Stanley Biwott,Lilesa Feyisa Gemeche,Belay Tigist Gashaw,Getent Tigest Mekonen,Yalew Genet and Jemima Sumgong just to name the few.

He has one of the biggest athletes stable in the world with the biggest names in athletics world from the likes of former world record holder and Kenya’s legend Paul Tergat to the current crop of emerging runners the likes of Tuei Sandrafelis Chebet a junior champion.

Lucy Kabuu fails doping test

The doping axe has once again fallen to 2006 Commonwealth games 10,000m gold medalist Lucy Wangui Kabuu.

Kabuu who also won bronze medal at the same games tested positive for narcotic morphine.

The 34 year-old has a personal bests of 14:33.49 minutes for the 5000 m and 30:39.96 minutes for the 10,000 m making her one of Kenya’s fastest ever runners in the events.

The Mukurweini born athlete tested positive in April this year at the EA7 Emporio Armani Milano Marathon where she came from behind to take a close win in the women’s race in 2:27:02 holding off her compatriot Vivian Jerono Kiplagat by six seconds in the final two kilometres.

Her case is coming hot on the heels of 400m champion Boniface Mweresa who tested positive a fortnight ago.

According to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), Kabuu’s suspension was effected on August 1 after her blood samples showed presence of Morphine which is a prohibited substance under Article 2.1 of the Anti Doping rules.
“@AIU_Athletics has issued a Notice of Charge against Lucy Wangui for a violation of Article 2.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules.
The Kenyan marathon runner is has been Provisionally Suspended from all competition,” a statement on the AIU official twitter feed said on Friday afternoon.