Kiprop won’t de­fend him­self

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Sport -

KENYAN run­ner As­bel Kiprop said yes­ter­day he would not de­fend him­self against ac­cu­sa­tions that he used per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs.

The three-time world cham­pion and 2008 Olympic 1 500m gold medal­list, faces a po­ten­tially ca­reer-end­ing, four-year ban af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for the blood-boost­ing drug, Ery­thro­poi­etin, in an out-of-com­pe­ti­tion test last Novem­ber.

He had vowed to clear his name be­fore an In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Athletics Fed­er­a­tions dis­ci­plinary panel in Lon­don on June 28. “There’s no point in putting up the fight to clear my name with­out the sup­port of my man­agers, my fed­er­a­tion and the gov­ern­ment,” he said.

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