May 4, 2018
The Athletics Integrity Unit has issued a response to Asbel Kiprop’s lengthy statement implying that his sample that tested positive for EPO had been tampered with. The full statement is below.
The AIU’s statement says that Kiprop tested “A” and “B” sample have tested positive for EPO and that Kiprop was made aware of that and is awaiting a hearing before an IAAF tribunal.
The AIU also writes that it believes Kiprop’s sample was not tampered with, “The AIU is satisfied that there has been no mix up or tampering with the Sample and that the Sample collected from the Athlete on 27 November 2017 was the same Sample analysed by the Laboratory and reported as an Adverse Analytical Finding.”
The AIU does acknowledge that Kiprop was given advance notice of his test in violation of testing protocols. It calls this “disappointing,” but then notes such a violation of the protocol “will only invalidate an Adverse Analytical Finding if that departure could reasonably have caused the Adverse Analytical Finding.” It says advance notice would not cause Kiprop’s sample to test positive.
Full statement below. AIU website here.