Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong’s doping ban doubled to eight years

first_img Next Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong’s doping ban doubled to eight yearsJemima Sumgong, who won the 2016 Rio Olympic gold in women’s marathon, was initially banned for four years by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) in 2017 after testing positive for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO).advertisement Reuters New DelhiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 21:29 IST Jemima Sumgong had won gold in the women’s marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympics (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJemima Sumgong found guilty of providing false information while defending herselfSumgong was initially banned for four years by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) in 2017Sumsong became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold in 2016Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has had her doping ban doubled to eight years after being found guilty by the IAAF of providing false information while defending herself against her initial sanction, the Athletics Integrity Unit have said.Sumgong was initially banned for four years by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) in 2017 after testing positive for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO).The 34-year-old, who became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold at the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, said she had been injected with EPO by an “impostor” during a doctors’ strike in Kenya.That claim was rejected as “not authentic” by the disciplinary tribunal of international athletics’ governing body (IAAF).In a ruling dated Jan. 17, the tribunal said there was also “compelling evidence” Sumgong had falsified her medical records and lied about her whereabouts after the positive test for EPO.Her actions constituted a second anti-doping offence of “tampering with a doping control” and merited the imposition of a second four-year sanction, the tribunal, chaired by Michael Beloff QC, said in its ruling.Accordingly, Sumgong is now banned until is April 3, 2025, although she has the right to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Athletics Integrity Unit head Brett Clothier welcomed the tribunal’s decision.”We hope that it sends a message to dopers that the AIU has strong investigative capabilities and does not tolerate false evidence in doping cases,” he was quoted as saying by the Guardian.”We also want to underline the vital support of Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya in pursuing this case. They are a valuable partner in the fight against doping in Kenya.”advertisementAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Jemima Sumgonglast_img

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