World Junior 5,000m silver medalist Mathew Kisorio could face an eight-year ban after becoming the latest big name athlete to be charged with a second anti-doping violation.

According to the Athletics Integrity Unit AIU, Kisorio is set to be sanctioned after missing three tests under whereabouts rule.

AIU explains that the following two main areas of the Whereabouts rule: (i) correctly filing their whereabouts in ADAMS (The Anti-Doping Administration and Management System), which if wrongly filled may lead to a filing failure, and (ii) ensuring that they are at the venue of their mandatory one-hour window, failure to which they are deemed to have missed a test, which is an offence.

“The athlete has missed three tests under the whereabouts rule. Between January 2021 to 2022. Despite our efforts to get in touch with the athlete, we can can  confirm that he was not available,” said a source within AIU.

AIU says the World Anti-Doping Agency’s code for failing to properly file whereabouts information on three occasions in a 12-month period is punishable to up to two years but for a repeat offender, that could go up to eight years.

“Rules apply differently for repeat offender, for him the punishment could be up to eight years,” said the AIU source.

Previously, Kisorio stated that he underwent difficult moments while serving the two-year doping ban.

“I faced many challenges when I was sanctioned. Most of my friends deserted me while many others never wanted to stay close to me,” Kisorio said.

In 2012, Kisorio failed a doping test and was banned for two years. By then he boasted an impressive 58.46 in half marathon, where he stood as the third fastest Kenyan in 21km then.

“I know you have forgiven me… I am sorry for what I did out of ignorance. I was performing well… I had even represented Kenya and captained the team at World Cross Country Championships.

“It’s also clear that it was my own decision to dope; I never involved my coaches or anyone else”.

When I was caught I accepted responsibility, I served the two-year ban and now I am actively competing again. I use every opportunity such as this to educate athletes on dangers of doping.”

“I faced many challenges, many friends deserted me, many didn’t want to associate with me… Many athletes lack focus, and get-rich-quick thinking drives them. I have realised careers are built over time without shortcuts,” he said.

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