Record holder Kipruto suspended for alleged involvement in doping
Kenyan athlete and 10-km road race world record holder Rhonex Kipruto has been provisionally suspended for an anti-doping violation, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has announced.
The unit said the athlete was provisionally suspended for four years after using of a Prohibited Substance/Method (ABP) with AIU saying a notice of the charge has been issued to the athlete who set a 10-km road race world record in Valencia in 2020.
The 23-year old won a bronze medal in the 10,000-metre race at the 2019 world championships even as he is the world record holder for the 10 km road race in the last five years many athletes from the region have been banned for doping cases even as the AIU head Brett Clothier warned in March that the international anti-doping body was stepping up its investigations and testing in the country.
Echoing the sentiments of Kipruto’s innocence his coach, Brother Colm O’Connell reiterated that Kipruto was clean.