Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) Has slapped Titus Ekiru with ten years for the use of a Prohibited Substance, (Triamcinolone Acetonide and metabolite; Pethidine and metabolite) and for Tampering, which is a violation of the World Anti-doping rules.
The AIU has banned Titus Ekiru (Kenya) for 10 years, from 28 June 2022, for the Presence of Prohibited Substances (Triamcinolone Acetonide and metabolite; Pethidine and metabolite) and for Tampering. DQ results since 16 May 2021.
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The 31-year-old who was suspended in July for two doping charges for testing positive and two more of tampering with the doping process was also found to have obstructed the AIU’s probe into two Adverse Analy(cal Findings (AAFs), using “false/misleading information and documentation”. Ekiru tested positive twice for the Presence of Prohibited Substances, or their metabolites or markers, in his in-competition urine samples at marathons which he won in 2021: the Generali Milano Marathon on 16 May 2021 (triamcinolone acetonide) and the Abu Dhabi Marathon on 26 November 2021 (pethidine and its marker norpethidine).
In addition to the ban – which runs from 28 June 2022 (the date of Ekiru’s provisional suspension to 27 June 2032 – Ekiru’s results on and since 16 May 2021 have been disqualified, resulting in the forfeiture of all prizes and money.
Ekiru’s victory in the Generali Milano Marathon would have made him the sixth-fastest marathoner of all time