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Kenyan Marathoner banned again for years after failing a doping test

Athletics Integrity Union (AIU) bans Kenyan Marathoner Sarah Chepchirchir for four years after failing a doping test.

Following her failure to pass a drug test, Kenyan marathoner Sarah Chepchirchir has been banned for four years by the World Athletics governing body, the Athletics Integrity Union (AIU)

AIU stated on its website that the athlete was already aware of the accusations made against her when it announced the ban on Thursday, January 11.

On November 19, 2019, Chepchirchir was first placed under a four-year ban following the discovery of anomalies in her blood passport. 

The test was conducted after she won the 2017 Tokyo Marathon.

 As a result, the athlete was prohibited from competing for years as AIU retroactively applied the ban to begin in 2018. 

Before her ban, she represented Kenya twice in international competitions in 2011.

Two years later, she set a personal best record in the Paris 20 Kilometre race covering it in 1hr 5min 3sec.

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Chepchirchir has yet to appeal here ban which comes a week after the president of the World Athletics, Sebastian Coe visited Kenya on January 5.

While in Kenya, Coe, a double Olympic Gold medalist, spoke on Kenya’s doping menace with over 70 athletes suspended in 2023 after testing positive for banned drugs.

“What is the difference between our approach to Kenya and the approach that we took with Russia? Let me make this clear, these are two very different cases. 

“As was evident in the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) report, those (Russian cases) coverups were organized at the state authority level. 

There is no suggestion that is the case in Kenya, in fact, quite the reverse,” Coe explained. 

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