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Another Kenyan marathon runner banned for EIGHT years

Kenyan marathon runner, Michael Njenga banned for EIGHT years for tampering with the anti-doping process.

The athlete’s ban started on August 1, 2022, which was the day it was imposed.

The Athletics Integrity Unit said in a statement that the 36-year-old tested positive for norandrosterone, a performance-enhancing substance. 

Athletics Integrity went on to say in their statement that the athlete was found to have tampered with the anti-doping procedure.

It is forbidden to use norandrosterone in sports. It’s a synthetic hormone that gives athletes an unfair competitive advantage by boosting muscle growth, strength, and endurance.

“The athlete has failed to demonstrate that the anti-doping rule violations were not intentional,” the AIU said in announcing the eight-year ban.

While issuing the ban, the body further stated that Kunyuga had handed in false medical information to defend himself about a positive drug test after he emerged second in a marathon held in Riga, Latvia, last year.

Michael Njenga becomes the third Kenyan marathon runner to be banned from international competitions in two months.

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On October 16, Athletics Integrity also banned Titus Ekiru for 10 years over doping allegations.

According to AIU, the elite athlete colluded with a doctor at a Kenyan hospital to forge medical documents, in a bid to mislead the anti-doping body.

A few days later on October 20, the body suspended long-distance Kenyan runner Daisy Cherotich after providing a urine sample that tested positive for erythropoietin, a medical stimulant and oxygen boost.

“On March 1, 2023, the AIU exceptionally granted the Athlete an extension until March 6, 2023, to provide her reply to the Notice of Allegation,” AIU stated.

“She was reminded inter alia that in the absence of a response by March 6, 2023, she would be deemed to have waived her right to the Sample analysis and to have accepted the Adverse Analytical Finding.”

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