Kenyan distance runner gets 8 years ban

Kenya's long distance runner Salome Biwott. She is the latest Kenyan to be banned from any competition for violating anti-doping rules. PHOTO | COURTESY |

What you need to know:

  • The IAAF Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) handed the 36-year-old runner, who was also banned for two years in 2012 for another doping offence, the maximum eight-year ban from taking part in any competitive race.
  • This comes a few days after 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth and Africa 10,000m champion Joyce Chepkirui and long distance runner John Jacob Kibet Kendagor were suspended for doping offences.
  • Chepkirui, who also won the Amsterdam and Honolulu marathons in 2015 besides finishing 10th in Boston Marathon the same year, was been suspended by AIU after some discrepancy in her Athletes Biological Passport (ABP).

Long distance runner Salome Biwott is the latest Kenyan to be banned from any competition for violating anti-doping rules.

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