Kenyan Athlete Joyce Chepkirui Gets Four-Year Doping Ban

Kenyan Athlete Joyce Chepkirui Gets Four-Year Doping Ban (News Central TV)
FILE PHOTO: Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya takes first place ahead of compatriot Florence Kiplagat in the Women’s 10000m final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

Joyce Chepkirui, the former Commonwealth and African 10,000m champion, has been suspended for four years for doping violations, according to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

In July 2019, the 33-year-old was provisionally suspended for a mistake in her Athlete Biological Passport (ABP).

Chepkirui, who won the Commonwealth 10,000m gold in Glasgow in 2014, has taken her case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), arguing that her ABP problems were caused by medicine and her diet.

Joyce Chepkirui, the former Commonwealth and African 10,000m champion, has been suspended for four years for doping violations, according to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

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The CAS upheld the AIU’s appeal and banned Chepkirui for four years starting June 28, 2019.

Athletics Kenya and the Kenyan Anti-Doping Association had backed the athlete in her defence.

With 28 middle and long distance runners suspended for doping offences during 2017, Kenya remains in category “A” of the World Athletics and World Anti-Doping Agency watch lists.

Joyce Chepkirui is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in road running events. She established herself as a half marathon runner, winning races in Granollers, Bogotá and Gothenburg. She set a best of 1:06:19 hours to win the 2014 Prague Half Marathon.

She began competing in cross country running in 2012 and won the Kenyan and African titles. She also competes on the track over 1500 metres and was the silver medallist at the 2011 All-Africa Games.

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