Kenyan runner Alfred Kipketer suspended for failing to make himself available for doping tests

Kenyan runner Alfred Kipketer, who raced in the 800-metre final at the 2016 Olympics, has been suspended for failing to make himself available for doping tests.

The Associated Press January 15, 2020 23:37:21 IST
Kenyan runner Alfred Kipketer suspended for failing to make himself available for doping tests
  • The Athletics Integrity Unit said on Wednesday that Kipketer has been charged with “whereabouts” failures.

  • The Kenyan athlete was part of the runners field for the 800-metre final at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

  • Kipketer is the latest in a string of Kenyan athletes to face disciplinary issues connected to doping and drug testing.

Monaco: Kenyan runner Alfred Kipketer, who raced in the 800-metre final at the 2016 Olympics, has been suspended for failing to make himself available for doping tests.

Kenyan runner Alfred Kipketer suspended for failing to make himself available for doping tests

Kenya's Alfred Kipketer (right) is congratulated by Andreas Bube after he crossed the finish line in the Men's 800m heat at Rio Olympics. PEDRO UGARTE/AFP via Getty Images

The Athletics Integrity Unit said on Wednesday that Kipketer has been charged with “whereabouts” failures. He has been provisionally suspended until a full hearing.

Kipketer is the latest in a string of Kenyan athletes to face disciplinary issues connected to doping and drug testing. Former marathon world-record holder Wilson Kiprotich was suspended last week because of a “whereabouts” violation and possible tampering with anti-doping work.

Athletes are required to keep drug-testers informed of their whereabouts for one hour each day. If they fail to do that, or aren't present at the location where they said they would be, that is a violation. Three violations usually lead to a suspension.

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