gathernomoss wrote:I might be naive but it appears there are reasons to doubt the process surrounding this positive test...
There are lots of reasons to doubt the process. All of which benefit the federation, rather than the athlete.
A couple of things learned from RUSADA coordinating the nation's doping programs.
Swapped samples are possible
Tamper-proof containers aren't tamper proof.
IAAF was accepting bribes so Russian athletes would not test positive.
Russian athletes also had to pay bribes to not test positive.
IAAF had Martial Saugy at the Swiss WADA certified lab as a "fix it" man in case someone tested positive. Send the sample to Martial and a positive became a false positive. Saugy did this for many sports.
The general point being, the federations are tremendously corrupt. Athletics Kenya demanding a bribe, or the IAAF demanding a bribe, or another person/body demanding a bribe out of Kiprop would be about average.