Wilson Kipsang has pointed an accusing finger at Athletics Kenya (AK) and the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) for his woes after the former world marathon record holder was slapped with a four-year ban for anti-doping offences.
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Friday passed a judgement on Kipsang, who was serving provisional suspension since January 10, after he was found guilty of whereabouts violation.
According to AIU, Kipsang provided false evidence — a fake photo and witness testimony — leading to a ban that means that he will no longer represent Kenya at any championship, whether local or international.
But the two-time London Marathon champion now insists that he was never accorded a fair hearing as his stable Volare Sports continues to monitor the situation for a possible appeal.
Kipsang who was exonerated by the AIU only for the disciplinary body to pass a judgement, has since pointed an accusing finger at the Riadha House for their failure to protect the local athletes.
Kipsang joined the growing list of Kenyan athletes like Jemimah Sumgong and Asbel Kiprop who are serving lengthy bans after missing two tests though he defended the move saying that he was stuck in the traffic.
“It was because of circumstances beyond my control,” Kipsang told Nation Sport.
But Kipsang doesn’t understand why AIU would use the same evidence against him despite acknowledging that the Kenya’s had given valid reasons for the missed test.
In a letter dated February 4, 2019 quoted by Nation Sport, AIU noted that: “The AIU has carefully considered your comments. In the circumstances, we agree that on this occasion, a missed test shouldn’t be confirmed against you.
“Consequently, you were compliant with article 3.5 that requires an athlete to update his information as soon as possible after the circumstances change and in any event prior to the 60 minute time slot specified in his filing for the day in question.
“Your behaviour was not negligent and therefore, the apparent missed test on January 18 will not be recorded against you,” read part of the letter.
But Kipsang doesn’t understand how, despite such a firm assurance, AIU still turned against his back to pin him down with a lengthy ban that has since dashed his hopes of ever putting on the Kenyan colours.
The AK has been firm that no athlete who has been found to have violated doping rules will be allowed to represent the country at both local and international competition.
“We presented the evidence and AIU even did away with the reason why missed the test,” Kipsang said as he faulted ADAK and AK for failing to protect athletes.
But AIU insists that Kipsang provided a fake photo of an overturned lorry after he missed a test in May 2019 as evidence though the ‘proof’ was later discovered to have come from an accident scene that took place three months later.
The other false evidence, according to AIU, was a claim by Kipsang, 38, in 2018 that he missed a test as a result of a landslide after investigators found that there was no record from the meteorological department of such an incident.
“The athlete engaged in fraudulent and deceitful conduct by providing deliberately misleading and false information to the AIU and delay the investigation and prevent normal process from occurring,” insist AIU in the judgement.
The Kenyan government has intensified its fight against doping and once the Ànti-Doping Bill, that is in its third reading in Parliament, is passed into a law, doping will be a criminal offense.