The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), an International body that oversees athletics has banned Kenyan athlete Titus Ekiru for 10 years over doping allegations.
According to AIU, the elite athlete colluded with a doctor at a Kenyan hospital to forge medical documents, in a bid to mislead the anti-doping body.
“The AIU has banned Titus Ekiru (Kenya) for 10 years, from 28 June 2022, for the Presence of Prohibited Substances (Triamcinolone Acetonide and metabolite; Pethidine and metabolite) and for Tampering,” AIU’s communique read.
AIU went on to state that the athlete tested positive for doping drugs during two international races that he won, the Generali Milano Marathon on 16 May 2021 and the Abu Dhabi Marathon on 26 November 2021.
The ban runs from June 28, 2022( the date Ekiru was suspended) to June 27, 2032.
Ekiru’s results on and since 16 May 2021 have been disqualified, resulting in the forfeiture of all prizes and money.
“Ekiru’s victory in the Generali Milano Marathon would have made him the sixth-fastest marathoner of all time,” AIU stated.
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