Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, A Three-Time World Champion And 1,500-Meter Olympic Gold Medalist

Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, a three-time world champion and 1,500-meter Olympic gold medalist said in a statement on Thursday that he had tested positive for EPO but denied any doping attempts.

Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, A Three-Time World Champion And 1,500-Meter Olympic Gold Medalist

Kiprop's statement follows revelations by several media on Wednesday of his positive control.

In his extended press release, formulated in 20 points, Kiprop acknowledges that he informed of a positive control on February 3, 2018, 4 months after the analysis of his urine sample, on November 27, 2017. But he hands over seriously question the methods of control. He claims in particular that the arrival of the two anti-doping agents was notified to him the day before.

It should note that according to the regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA, I was not supposed to be aware of the visit to collect a sample, mainly when the control carried out out of competition, he explains. 

Kiprop accuses.

Kiprop also accuses the two controllers of having extorted money from him and the International Athletics Federation IAAF of having promised him a role as an anti-doping ambassador if his positive control is recognized. I refused because all of this is false and constitutes fraud, he said. I quit doping, he says.

I have always been faithful to my anti-doping beliefs, and I would be the last person to commit an atrocious anti-sports act like this one. I feel compelled to respond to allegations from the media and social networks due to a lack of choice. Charges are still pending and investigated, and I would have preferred the comments to finalized. I told that EPO injected into my body, he also writes. I did an injection; it was in 2014 for vaccination against yellow fever for a trip to the Bahamas for a competition. 

New blow for Kenyan athletics.

The announcement of Kiprop's Cool positive test is yet another severe blow to Kenyan athletics. Aged 28, Kiprop has been one of the middle distance masters in recent years with three titles of world champion of the 1500 m 2011, 2013, 2015, and an Olympic coronation on the same distance in 2008 in Beijing at following the doping downgrade of Rachid Ramzi.

Over 40 Kenyan athletes have tested positive in the past five years. Kenya placed in the list of countries under IAAF surveillance in 2016. And it was only after the adoption of a new anti-doping law, just before the Rio Games in 2016, that the country removed from the list of nations non-compliant of WADA.

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