Kipsang at the London Olympics 2012 (Photo: Twitter @London2012)

Drug abuse and doping have been long time problems for the sports industry. Many players have been caught under doping charges. Such players are the bad element of the game, as they promote wrongdoings in the youth. 

Governing authorities and officials have set up various boards and committees to ensure that no player indulges in such malpractices. Blood and urine testing take place at regular intervals. 

Despite this, some players do not understand the gravitas of such issues and they tend to skip/avoid such testing processes. 

A player must realize that such testing processes are present for their benefit only. Such tests ensure that the governing bodies are making efforts to their fullest potential. They ensure that the sanctity of the game maintains.

Kipsang under a four-year ban from AIU

Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya has been handed a four-year ban for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) that included using a fake photo of a traffic accident to justify one of four missed whereabouts appointments, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) states. 

World Athletics said Kipsang, a bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympics, had four whereabouts failures between April 2018 and May 2019. Three such failures within 12 months lead to an automatic ban.

Kipsang, 38, said he missed a test on May 17, 2019, due to a traffic accident involving an overturned lorry and also provided a photo of the crash. However, the image is actually from an accident on Aug 19, 2019. 

“The World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal has banned long-distance runner Wilson Kipsang of Kenya for four years with effect from Jan. 10, 2020 for whereabouts failures and tampering by providing false evidence and witness testimony,” the AIU states.

“The athlete engaged in fraudulent and deceitful conduct by providing deliberately misleading and false information to the AIU in an attempt to obstruct and delay the investigation into his explanation and/or prevent normal procedures from occurring, namely the recording of a Missed Test against him.”