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Kipsang hit with four-year ban for fake photo and violating anti-doping rules

The former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang has been banned for four years for a series of anti-doping violations – including using a fake photograph of an overturned lorry to justify a missed test.

The two-times London Marathon winner and London 2012 bronze medallist was punished for four whereabouts failures between April 2018 and May 2019. Three such failures within 12 months leads to an automatic ban, however the Kenyan had his sanction increased after it was ruled that he had tampered with the investigation by providing “false evidence and witness testimony”.

The 38-year-old – who has run 2hr 3min 13sec for the marathon, the sixth fastest time in history – had claimed that he had missed a test in May last year as a result of being caught behind an overturned lorry. But a photograph he produced as evidence was later discovered to have come from an accident that took place more than three months later.

In announcing the ban, the Athletics Integrity Unit said: “The AIU considers that the evidence demonstrates overwhelmingly that the athlete was engaged in tampering or attempted tampering in breach of the IAAF rules. The athlete engaged in fraudulent and deceitful conduct by providing deliberately misleading and false information to the AIU in an attempt to obstruct and delay the investigation into his explanation and/or prevent normal procedures from occurring, namely the recording of a missed test against him.”

Kipsang’s management agency, Volare Sports, said they were considering appealing to the court of arbitration for sport. In a statement, the company said: “Volare Sports and Wilson strongly believe in a clean sport and support anti-doping measures. We emphasise that there is no case of use of doping.

“No prohibited substance was ever found. We will study and analyse the decision of the disciplinary tribunal and consider the further legal steps. Pending this process we will not communicate anything more about it.”

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