Kenya Biwott marathon runner was banned for eight years: AIU

NAIROBI: Kenyan marathon runner Salome Jerono Biwott has been banned for eight years after being found guilty of committing a second doping violation, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said Thursday in another blow to Kenya's sports reputation.

Biwott, 36, tested positive for the banned substance Norandrosterone in April during the Sao Paulo International Marathon. He had previously served a two-year ineligibility period in 2012 after another failed test.

The AIU, an independent body that handles anti-doping and integrity issues on behalf of the world's governing athletics body, the IAAF, said in a statement on Thursday that Biwott had not responded to the accusation against him within its deadline.

The AIU said it would be banned for eight years from June 5 and that its results would be disqualified from April 7.

We are aware of the issue of Jerono and others who are still deceiving themselves, their days are numbered. You will not escape from this network. You better stop fooling yourself Athletics Kenya (AK) Executive Committee member, Barnaba Korir told reporters.

Kenya, known for its medium and long distance pedigree, has suffered serious damage to its reputation due to a series of doping violations in recent years.

Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Chicago and Boston marathon, champion of the 2016 Olympic marathon Jemimah Sumgong and Olympic world champion 2008 and three times 1,500 m. Asbel Kiprop They are among those who have been sanctioned.

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