IAAF Suspends World 800m Finalist Alfred Kipketer Over Doping Rules

The IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit has suspended Kenyan Olympic and world 800m finalist Alfred Kipketer for allegedly violating anti-doping rules.

Kipketer, the 2014 world under-20 800 meters champion and Rio 2016 Olympic finalist, has been charged with breaking the “whereabouts” anti-doping rules.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules require athletes to submit their whereabouts for one hour every day, plus overnight accommodation and training information, in case they are needed for out-of-competition testing.

The 23-year-old star, who also claimed the world youth gold in 2013 and raced in the 2015 senior world final in Beijing, has been provisionally suspended until his case is heard and a decision reached.

His ban comes just days after the controversial doping suspension of marathon star Wilson Kipsang, who is said to have deliberately avoided drug testing. 

The 37-year-old Kipsang ran a world record of 2: 03.23 in Berlin in 2013 at the classic distance of 42.195 kilometres. He also won the London and New York marathons and bronze at the London Olympic Games in 2012.

Kipketer was the 2014 world under-20 800m champion and Rio 2016 Olympic finalist.

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Zablon Ondari

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