The Athletics Integrity Unit has confirmed that former 1,500 Meters World Champion Asbel Kiprop tested positive for banned blood boasting agent, erythropoietin, EPO.
This is in response to Kiprop’s allegations Thursday that he only tested positive because drug control officers tampered with his sample, having also unsuccessfully demanded money from him.
The Monaco based Integrity reforms body, also confirmed that it had carried out investigations in regards to Kiprop’s allegations on the sample collection process, and is convinced there was no mix up or tampering with the sample collected.
In a statement, the AIU says, on third February this year, Kiprop was notified of the Adverse Analytical Finding and on 20th February this year he was informed that the ‘B’ sample analysis had proved the same.
On 16th March, Kiprop was charged with violations of the IAAF, Anti-Doping Rules and the matter is currently proceeding before the independent IAAF, Disciplinary Tribunal.’
In a four-page statement, the three time world champion had also claimed that during the meetings with the AIU’s doping control assistant, he was told that if he confessed to taking drugs he would be made an ambassador of athletics’ governing body, the IAAF.
The AIU in a rebuttal, says, ”The purpose of the meetings was to notify him of the positive test and give him the opportunity to admit any offence promptly or to provide information about doping in athletics that could amount to substantial assistance. It remains to be seen how the evidence impacts on the independent IAAF disciplinary tribunal, but the AIU accepts the advance warning given by a doping control assistant who was allegedly known to Kiprop, is an extremely serious matter.”
Last year, Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong was banned for four years after her claim that she was taking EPO for an ectopic pregnancy was rejected.