Kenyan long distance runner gets 8-year ban over doping violations

Thursday July 18 2019

Kenya's long distance runner Salome Biwott. She is the latest Kenyan to be banned for violating anti-doping rules. PHOTO | COURTESY

By VICTOR OTIENO            

Long distance runner Salome Biwott is the latest Kenyan to be banned from any competition for violating anti-doping rules.

In 2012 she was banned for two years over a different doping offence.

The IAAF Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) handed the 36-year-old runner the maximum eight-year ban from taking part in any competitive race after she failed to respond to the Disciplinary Tribunal over a doping charge.

“On July 9, 2019, the athlete was given the final opportunity to respond to notice of charge and advised that, if she did not do so by July 11, 2019, she would have been deemed to have waived her right to a hearing before the disciplinary tribunal, to have admitted the Anti-Doping Rule Violation and to have accepted the consequences for those Anti-Doping Rules violation specified in the notice of charge," the AIU said in a statement.

"The athlete failed to respond by the specified deadline of July 11, 2019.”



AIU had suspended Biwott provisionally three weeks ago for having tested positive for prohibited Norandrosterone.

This comes on the heels of Biwott finishing second at Sao Paulo International Marathon in 2 hours, 37 minutes and 33 seconds on April 7, this year.

Her suspension comes a few days after 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth and Africa 10,000m champion Joyce Chepkirui and long distance runner John Jacob Kibet Kendagor were suspended for doping offences.

Chepkirui, who also won the Amsterdam and Honolulu marathons in 2015 besides finishing 10th in Boston Marathon the same year, was been suspended by AIU after some discrepancy in her Athletes Biological Passport (ABP).