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RE: Former Olympic and world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop tests positive for banned substance, same as Jemima Sumgong.

rekrunner wrote:

That would be a real tragedy, if the irregularly prematurely leaked result was really the result of local Kenyan corruption and extortion and a tampered sample. If so, there is no way to undo the permanent damage to his reputation.

gathernomoss wrote:
The plot thickens :

I might be naive but it appears there are reasons to doubt the process surrounding this positive test...

Oh please! Have you read his full statement (link on home page)?

For a start, why would a policeman (with a history of some strange and violent behaviour), who would have been privy to loads of corruption over the years in Kenya, agree to make a payment (for the first time!?) to known doping control officers, if he didn't feel he had something to hide? It stretches credulity beyond belief.

It is also unconvincing to try and detract attention away from his own guilt by claiming that it was against protocol to be given a warning the day before. If this was not a usual occurrence (and I would suggest that it has obviously happened before to Kiprop), and it did not sit well with him, as a morally upstanding, anti doping, God fearing innocent, then why the hell did he not alert the IAAF immediately and refuse to have them go to his house the next day? Seems strange that he only has a problem with this situation and wants to bring it to everyone's attention, AFTER he has been caught doping.

No one at Kiprop's level would go into their bedroom, leaving a urine sample open in the other room (with said doping control officers), to look for cash to make a payment! LOL. And then wire it using a mobile phone app!?
All this under the guise of a naive, God fearing innocent who has been let down by people he trusted.
I think it's the worst, most unconvincing attempt to plead innocence from any one caught doping.

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