NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Three-time world 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop of
Kenya is holding onto the hope that his provisional suspension
from athletics on doping charges will be overturned.
Speaking in Eldoret,
Kiprop said he had been left high and dry after a routine
anti-doping test, with the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) saying
his results tested positive for the banned blood-boosting drug
29-year-old has vehemently denied doping, saying his sample was
His case has not
been completed and as he waits for answers that may or may not
clear him of the doping allegation, he has opted to start
training in order to remain fit.
“I have no doubt
whatsoever that I am running clean and I have never taken any
doping drugs to boost my performance. I don’t belong to the
group of dopers and my name needs to be cleared so I can do what
I love most, running,” said Kiprop on Monday evening.
Kiprop’s sample was
taken in an out-of-competition test in November 2017.
The AIU, which
processes all doping tests in track and field for the
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), is
unable to confirm the result of any tests under the World
2018 has not been a
good year for Kenya, with several top athletes banned for
Aside from Kiprop,
other names on that list include world junior 800m champion
Kipyegon Bett, Milan Marathon champion Lucy Kabuu, African Games
silver medalist Boniface Mweresa and Athens Marathon champion
Owing to his
suspension, Kiprop is not allowed to train, let alone compete,
with other athletes. This has seen him retreat to his rural home
where he trains at the grounds of a nearby primary school, side
by side with grazing livestock.
Ten years ago,
Kiprop was beaten to the Olympic gold medal by Bahraini Rashid
Ramzi. However, he was elevated to first place days later when
Ramzi failed a doping test. Kiprop then went on to dominate in
the four-lap race, winning three world titles.
Over 50 Kenyan
athletes have tested positive for doping since 2012, and in 2015
the country was deemed “non-compliant” by the World Anti-Doping
Agency (WADA), only to be reinstated before the Rio Olympics.
Ukraine, Ethiopia, Venezuela and Morocco, Kenya has been deemed
one of the countries whose athletes are most likely to dope.
This means its
athletes will have to pass stringent testing before being
allowed to compete in the Olympics, World Championships and
major city marathons.