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Suspended Kenyan athlete agrees to serve four-year ban  

NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Former world junior 800m champion Kipyegon Bett has blamed “ignorance” for his four-year ban for using banned substances. However, the 20-year old is adamant he will return to prove his critics wrong.

Bett ruled out making any appeal to challenge the lengthy suspension from all athletics after his sample tested positive for EPO in out-of-competition tests conducted in July.

“I was naive and ignorant. But I will not appeal against the decision,” Bett said on Monday from Eldoret. “I may have a case against the decision, but the process is lengthy and expensive. It involves a lot of money, which I don’t have at the moment.”

Prior to his out-of-competition test, Bett had missed three tests in February, which the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) brought up in the case against the Kenyan. Bett cited lack of adequate information from his management team for the three missed tests.

His ban was back-dated to August 2018. Bett is the fifth Kenyan to be nabbed in as many months by an intense testing campaign mounted by the AIU and the local Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK). Three time world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop, Milan Marathon champion Lucy Kabuu, African Games silver medalist Boniface Mweresa and Athens Marathon champion Samuel Kalalei have all picked up doping offences.

Kiprop has since challenged his results raising integrity issues with officials who conducted his test. However, all the five are likely to miss out on the World Championships in Qatar in 2019 and may not be considered for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

           

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