Former Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop banned by IAAF

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The International Association of Athletics Federation Disciplinary Tribunal has banned former Olympic and 3 time World 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop for four years.

Kiprop, the 2008 Beijing Olympics 1500m champion, and a gold medalist at 3 world championships  was tentatively suspended by IAAF’s Athletes Integrity Unit (AIU) in May last year having tested positive to blood boosting Erythropoietin (EPO) in an out-of-competition test in November 2017.

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Kiprop originally came second in the 1500m final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but was upgraded when Rashid Ramzi tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and was stripped of the gold medal.

A total of 138 Kenyan athletes have tested positive in anti-doping campaigns since 2004 and Kiprop joins a now growing list of top athletes serving suspensions including Rio 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong, three-time Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo and 2017 Tokyo Marathon women’s winner Sarah Chepchirchir.

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Kiprop loses all the honours he achieved since November 27,2017. In 2016, Kenya was placed on the list of countries under IAAF surveillance and was removed from the list after the adoption of new anti doping laws before Rio 2016 Olympic games.

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