Asbel Kiprop has maintained his innocence in the wake of the four-year ban he was slapped with by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Saturday, April 20.
The former 1500m world champion has been under probe since November 2017 when he tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) during a random out of competition exercise.
The 29-year old who is also a policeman by profession had accused the anti-doping body officials of tampering with his sample after he refused to part with some money as a bribe.
At the weekend, AIU confirmed his four-year ban, shattering the reputation of the once celebrated track guru.
Kiprop however maintains that he is innocent whilst terming the ban a blow to him and athletics in general.
“The decision is not only a blow to me, but it is not good for the sport of athletics. I have been insisting that I did not dope,” he told AFP.
“I will continue to maintain my innocence, even if this decision now means I will not be eligible to run again for the next four years.It’s sad that the world will believe that I am guilty of taking the performance-enhancing drugs and yet I have been at the forefront of fighting doping in the sport,” he added.
Story by Kevin Teya, TUKO.co.ke correspondent.
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