AIU bans Kenyan athlete Mutai for four years over doping

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By: Enock Mukoma

Kenya’s fight against doping suffered a further set back on Friday when the Athletics Integrity Unit(AIU) punished two more Kenyan athletes for various offenses.

Long distance athlete Mikel Kiprotich Mutai was slapped with a four-year ban for doping offence while female athlete Japhet Kipchirchir Kipkorir has been handed provisional suspension, for similar transgression.

The AIU made the announcement via Twitter handle on Friday dealing a huge blow to the career of Mutai.

Besides being banned, Mutai results from December 2019 are now null and void. His suspension starts from March 2020.

The Anti Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) together with Athletics Kenyan have in the last two years mounted a fierce campaign aimed at taming the vice but it seems more Kenyan runners are still being nabbed by the dragnet, a huge setback to the multi-prong effort by stakeholders.

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