Kenyan athletes protest doping claims

Olympic and three-time world 1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop, has taken to social media insisting that he would never cheat in a sport that is “his life.”

The athlete is battling doping charges after the IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) confirmed his urine samples tested positive for a banned blood booster following an out of competition test last November.

The lanky Kiprop has vigorously defended himself from the accusations and as the world awaits the outcome of a tribunal investigation into the charges, Kiprop has once again taken to social media to protest his innocence in a series of posts on his official Facebook page. “Everybody runs to Justice. No one has ever run for Justice. #ComingSoon,” Kiprop first wrote on Saturday.

In a long series of messages covering his career as well as his personal life, Kiprop said that every “genuine champion” works for “truth and transparency.”

The athlete then went on to highlight the important role athletics has in his life.

“It is for athletics that today I have a son and a daughter and it is for athletics that I’m Asbel Kiprop. I was born of athletics and I will not only earn a living via athletics I will never fake athletics,” Kiprop said.

Kiprop who was scheduled to compete for the first time at the opening 2018 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha last week, was considering stepping up the distance after failing his bid to bag a fourth 1500m title in London last summer.

His posts have attracted support from social media users who believe he is innocent of the charges levelled ahead of the tribunal hearing.

 

Source: Xinhuanet.com

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