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Kenyan Former 1500m Champion Aims for Stunning Comeback After Completing Four-Year Doping Ban
- Kiprop was banned by the Athletics Integrity Unit in 2017 after testing positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs
- His provisional suspension began in 2018 and authorities upheld his ban, which was set to run until February 2022
- On Tuesday, Kiprop, a 1500m specialist, released a statement expressing relief that his ban was finally coming to an end
Former Olympic and World Champion Asbel Kiprop’s tedious wait to compete on the tracks is finally set to come to an end as he completes his doping ban.
Effective Wednesday, February 2, Kiprop will be eligible to compete in games after serving a lengthy ban over alleged doping.
Through the years, Kiprop has always maintained his innocence from his preliminary suspension as he refuted claims of taking performance-enhancement drugs.
Kiprop also suggested in the past that his samples were switched to implicate him in doping, hinting at a possible conspiracy.
Despite his protests, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) stood by the ban, which is set to end on February 2 2022.
Kiprop’s nightmare ends
In a statement on his Facebook Page, Kiprop said he was looking forward to what he termed a ‘transparent comeback and gradual progress’.
“To those who lived in doubt, It is regrettable the situation that not only defiled your trust, It equally roped my career leaving a scar on my integrity,” Kiprop said on Facebook.
“I do not have much to do about it and I have nothing to apologise for, it wasn’t my fault nor negligence my conscience has always been clear and I have always advocated for a clean sport.”
The athlete also revealed that the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) had conducted tests on him and he was handed the all-clear to start competing again.
It remains unclear whether Kiprop, who is turning 33, will still compete on the tracks or he will consider a future in the much longer road races.
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Omanyala signs lucrative deal with Adidas
As Kiprop battles to put his past trials behind him, another Kenyan athlete continues to make waves.
Sports Brief earlier reported that sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala recently signed a lucrative deal with apparel company Addidas, who will now be part of his success story.
Omanyala, who recently gained the title of the fastest man in Africa, is hoping the new deal will fuel his ambition to soar to greater heights on the tracks.