Kenyan Athlete Wilson Kipsang has been given a four-year ban by Athletics Integrity Unit for violating anti-doping rules.
The 37-year old Kipsang is a two-time winner of the Frankfurt Marathon (2010 and 2011) and has also won the London Marathon (2012 and 2014), New York Marathon (2014), and Tokyo Marathon (2017).
The statement from AIU confirming the ban says that the Athlete has a total of four Whereabouts Failures pursuant to Article 2.4 of the IAAF Rules on his record.
He is the former world record holder with a time of 2:03:23, which he set in 2013 Berlin Marathon.
“The Athlete has committed ADRVs under Articles 2.4 and 2.5 of the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules,” reads the decision from AIU.
“A period of Ineligibility of four years is imposed upon the Athlete commencing on the date of the Disciplinary Tribunal’s award. The period of provisional suspension imposed on the Athlete from 10 January 2020 until the date of the Tribunal Award shall be credited against the total period of Ineligibility.”
Kipsang’s results from 12 April 2019 until the date of the provisional suspension on 10 January 2020 shall be disqualified with all resulting consequences including the forfeiture of any titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money.
He shall contribute the sum of 3,000 GBP to the costs incurred by the WA.
Did You Know?
Kipsang was, in April this year, arrested with 19 others in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol while breaking curfew rules set to fight Covid19.