MedKenyan world 800 metres bronze medalist Kipyegon Bett has been handed a four-year ban for doping, the IAAF Athletics Integrity Unit said in a statement on Friday.
Bett, 20, refused to allow a urine sample to be taken in February and
then in July, when a sample was taken, he tested positive for the
prohibited substance Erythropoeitin (EPO), an endurance-boosting
hormone, the integrity unit said.
Unless he appeals, Bett will be suspended until August 2022.
The AIU handles integrity and doping issues for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Bett is the latest Kenyan to fail a drugs test. A World Anti-Doping
Agency (WADA) report said between 2004 and Aug. 1, 2018, as many as 138
athletes from the east African nation tested positive for banned
substances, 113 in competition.
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