Four years of doping precipitate the end of Kipsang's career
Kenyan athlete Wilson Kipsang, former marathon world record holder, has been sanctioned with four years without competing by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) due to violations in anti-doping regulations. The sanction of Kipsang, 38, will begin on January 10 and comes due to "failures and alterations of the whereabouts by providing evidence and testimonies of false witnesses," said the AIU.
The African athlete was provisionally sanctioned in January after four fouls in identifying his whereabouts between April 2018 and May 2019. Three such fouls in a 12-month period carries a penalty.
Bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympics, Kipsang won the 2013 Berlin marathon setting a new world record at that time when the stopwatch stopped in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 23 seconds. He also has major wins in London, New York and, most recently, Tokyo marathons in 2017.
Several athletes from Kenya have recently been sanctioned for doping issues, including Jemima Sumgong, winner of the 2016 women's Olympic marathon.