January 27, 2023

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Kacheran turns into twentieth Kenyan athlete to be banned this 12 months


Marathon runner Philemon Kacheran was banned for 3 years on Monday for testing constructive for extra ranges of testosterone, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) stated, making him the twentieth Kenyan athlete to be sanctioned this 12 months.

Kacheran, 30, who completed fifth within the 2021 Berlin marathon was initially suspended in July and dropped from the Kenyan nationwide marathon staff for the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham.

Kacheram’s suspension got here solely six days after compatriot Lawrence Cherono, the 2019 Chicago and Boston marathon champion, was prevented from competing within the World athletics championships in Oregon, additionally for a doping offence.

The AIU stated Kacheran admitted the violation of its doping guidelines out of his out-of-competition urine check taken in his hometown of Kapenguria, Western Kenya in April.

“On 12 September 2022, the athlete returned a signed admission of anti-doping rule violations… and accepted the asserted interval of ineligibility,” the AIU stated.

His admission noticed an ordinary four-year ban lowered by a 12 months.

Kacheram’s suspension is the most recent in a saga that’s threatening to undermine Kenya’s athletic popularity.

In 2016, the nation was positioned within the prime class of the World Anti-Doping Company’s (Wada) compliance watch record.

In 2022, 20 Kenyan athletes, principally marathon runners, have now been sanctioned.

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