Saturday, March 2, 2024

Kenyan runner will get four-year ban for sending doppelgänger to take drug check


The previous indoor 600m global report holder, Michael Saruni of Kenya, used to be passed a four-year ban on Feb. 1, by way of the Anti-Doping Affiliation of Kenya (ADAK) for sending a pal to impersonate him all through a drug check on the 2022 Kenyan Trials for the 2022 Global Championships.

In line with the ADAK record, Saruni used to be discovered accountable of “evading pattern assortment, or with out compelling justification, refusing, and operating away.” In June 2022, the ADAK Doping Keep an eye on Officer (DCO) notified Saruni that he used to be to go through doping keep an eye on after competing within the 800m ultimate on the Kenyan trials, and used to be required to offer blood and urine samples. “It used to be additional alleged that the athlete adamantly kept away from, refused, and failed to offer a pattern or post to pattern assortment and by way of collusion or trickery escaped or left the venue.”

The ADAK panel added that Saruni requested a lookalike to impersonate him and supply a pattern on his behalf. In line with the record, Saruni had locked himself in a bathroom stall. Then the DCO allegedly watched any individual transferring to Saruni’s stall. When approached to spot, he ran for it and allegedly jumped over a fringe wall on the venue. Saruni claimed he had by no means been summoned by way of testers on the Kenyan trials. He’s banned till Aug. 30, 2027.

Saruni used to be the previous global report holder for 600m indoors, with a non-public best possible of one:14.79. He’s additionally the Kenyan nationwide report holder for 800m indoors, operating 1:43.98 on the 2019 Millrose Video games.

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Despite the fact that we’re best two months into 2024, Saruni’s suspension may well be an early candidate for the craziest doping ban of the 12 months. I wonder whether he and his doppelgänger are nonetheless pals, or if he were given money back for his products and services, because the lookalike didn’t pull it off.

Michael Saruni
Saruni of Kenya competing on the 2021 Miramar Invitational in Florida. Picture: Kevin Morris

There are these days 75 Kenyan athletes at the AIU’s International Listing of Ineligible Individuals. The Kenyan executive is in the second one 12 months of its $25 million, five-year marketing campaign to check extra athletes and do away with doping in athletics. The AIU is operating with the Kenyan executive, Athletics Kenya and ADAK to battle the problem.


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