Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) reply to Asbel Kiprop's statement

Athletics Integrity Unit Press Release
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Below is the full statement by the Athletics Integrity Unit as it is: 


4 May 2018: The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) notes the public statement made yesterday by
Mr Asbel Kiprop in relation to a matter that is currently pending under the IAAF Anti-Doping
In response to Mr Kiprop's public statement, the AIU confirms that recombinant erythropoietin
(“EPO”) was detected in a urine sample collected from Mr Kiprop on 27 November 2017. On
3 February 2018, Mr Kiprop was notified of the Adverse Analytical Finding and on 20
February 2018, Mr Kiprop was informed that the ‘B’ sample analysis had confirmed the
Adverse Analytical Finding. On 16 March 2018, Mr Kiprop was charged with violations of the
IAAF Anti-Doping Rules and the matter is currently proceeding before the independent IAAF
Disciplinary Tribunal.
In the course of these proceedings, Mr Kiprop has made a number of public allegations in
relation to the sample collection process. These allegations have been investigated by the
AIU. The AIU is satisfied that there has been no mix up or tampering with the Sample and
that the Sample collected from the Athlete on 27 November 2017 was the same Sample
analysed by the Laboratory and reported as an Adverse Analytical Finding.

The AIU has confirmed that the Doping Control Assistant involved in testing Mr Kiprop on 27
November 2017 (who is known to Mr Kiprop) admitted that he provided Mr Kiprop with
advanced notice of the testing that was to take place on that date. This is extremely
disappointing. The AIU has submitted to the Tribunal that these actions may constitute a
departure from the requirements of the International Standard for Testing and Investigations
(“ISTI”). Under the Rules, a departure from the requirements of the ISTI will only invalidate
an Adverse Analytical Finding if that departure could reasonably have caused the Adverse
Analytical Finding. The advanced notice of testing given by the Doping Control Assistant
could not reasonably have caused EPO to be present in Mr Kiprop’s Sample and, as such,
the departure does not invalidate the Adverse Analytical Finding. This will ultimately be a
matter for the Tribunal to determine.
Mr Kiprop alleges that the confidentiality of the proceedings was breached by the AIU. This
allegation is rejected. The AIU has fully adhered to the principle of confidentiality throughout.
In relation to Mr Kiprop’s allegation that he was offered a ‘reward’ of being an IAAF
ambassador on anti-doping, this is also rejected. Prior to the commencement of the
disciplinary proceedings AIU investigators met with Mr Kiprop. The purpose of the meetings
was to notify him of the positive test and give him the opportunity to admit any offence
promptly or to provide information about doping in athletics that could amount to “substantial
assistance”. This is standard practice for the AIU when serious doping substances have been
detected in any sample. Any suggestion that there was anything improper about this
conversation is categorically untrue.
- ENDS –

About the Athletics Integrity Unit
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) is the independent body that manages all doping and nondoping
integrity- related matters for the sport of athletics. The remit of the AIU includes antidoping,
the pursuit of individuals engaged in age or competition results manipulation,
investigating fraudulent behavior with regards to transfers of allegiance, and detecting
other misconduct including bribery and breaches of betting rules. It is the AIU’s role to drive
cheats out of our sport, and to do everything within its power to support honest athletes
around the world who dedicate their lives to reaching their sporting goals through
dedication and hard work.
AIU Media Office

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