Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) suspends Kenyan Marathon runner Daisy Cherotich for four years over doping.
Barely a week after another Kenyan was banned for ten years, long-distance runner Daisy Cherotich has also received a four-year suspension by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for doping.
According to an AIU statement, Cherotich was suspended after submitting a urine sample on January 11, 2023, which revealed the presence of the pharmaceutical stimulant and oxygen enhancer erythropoietin.
On February 21, 2023, AIU notified the athlete of the results and instructed her to provide copies of the laboratory results along with an explanation within a month.
However, Cherotich did not respond by the deadline.
“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.”
Cherotich forfeited her opportunity to challenge the results, according to AIU, as she did not respond by the deadline.
She was then issued with a Notice of Charge, informing her that she was being charged with violating AntiDoping Regulations, risking a four-year ban.
AIU invited the athlete to respond to the charge by July 17, 2023, failure to which, she would be banned.
Cherotich admitted to breaking the anti-doping rule and accepted the AIU’s penalties one day before to the deadline.
“On July 16, 2023, the AIU received an Admission of Anti-Doping Rule Violations and Acceptance of Consequences Form signed by the Athlete,” the body noted.
This comes days after the authority passed another ten-year ban on Kenyan marathoner Titus Ekiru for 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.
“The AIU has banned Titus Ekiru (Kenya) for 10 years, from 28 June 2022, for the Presence of Prohibited Substances (Triamcinolone Acetonide and metabolite; Pethidine and metabolite) and for Tampering,” AIU’s communique stated.
Ekiru tested positive for doping drugs during two international races that he won, the Generali Milano Marathon on 16 May 2021 and the Abu Dhabi Marathon on 26 November 2021.