Kiprop gives up fight to clear name in scan­dal

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Kenyan run­ner As­bel Kiprop says he will not de­fend him­self against ac­cu­sa­tions that he used per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs. The three-time world cham­pion and 2008 Olympic 1,500m gold medal­ist, faces a po­ten­tially ca­reer-end­ing fouryear ban after test­ing pos­i­tive for the blood-boost­ing drug EPO last Novem­ber. He had vowed to clear his name be­fore an In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions dis­ci­plinary panel in Lon­don on June 28. While con­tin­u­ing to in­sist on his in­no­cence, Kiprop said he would not fight the charges, blam­ing lack of fi­nan­cial and other sup­port. “There is no point in putting up the fight to clear my name with­out the sup­port of my man­agers, my fed­er­a­tion and the gov­ern­ment be­hind me,” Kiprop said.

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