Kenya middle distance runner Asbel Kiprop career is in doldrums after he was handed a four-year ban for doping by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). The former 1500 meter Olympic Games gold medalist took to social media to vent his frustration and threaten to use his firearm to cause arm. He surrendered his gun but has been put on suicide watch as the troubled star works on clearing his name.
Kiprop, who has also bagged three world championship gold medals, had tested positive for the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) in November 2017. He has vehemently denied using the banned substances saying that his urine sample was tampered with by his testers, alleging that they had tipped him after taking a payment from him.
The 27-year athlete lawyer, Katwa Kigen, said they , “ are going to appeal the decision by IAAF by end of next week.” If the ban stays, Kiprop will be eligible to compete in 2021 as his ban has been backed to February 3,2018 when he was provisionally suspended. He will be 32 years old.
The athlete said of his innocence:
“I still maintain that I’m clean and I did not dope. But it’s hard for me, considering that I have competed for many years and won clean. If it is true that I used the banned substances, I could I have accepted my fate long time ago. But how can I accept something I never did.”
Away from athletics, the athlete has courted scandals with abandon. A video and photos made heavy rotation on social media of Kiprop with his pacesetter wife intimately kissing. The Olympic gold medalist is said to have been angered by Henry Rotich for spreading rumors that linked him to doping. He decided to revenge by getting cozy with Rotich’s wife, Nancy Rotich.
Titles Won By Asbel Kiprop In His Illustrious Career/Courtesy of Wikipedia
|2007||World Cross Country Championships||Mombasa, Kenya||1st||Junior race|
|All-Africa Games||Algiers, Algeria||1st||1500 m||3:38.97|
|World Championships||Osaka, Japan||4th||1500 m||3:35.24|
|2008||African Championships||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||3rd||800 m||1:46.02|
|Olympic Games||Beijing, China||1st||1500 m||3:33.11|
|World Athletics Final||Stuttgart, Germany||2nd||1500 m||3:37.93|
|2009||World Championships||Berlin, Germany||19th (sf)||800 m||1:52.05|
|2010||African Championships||Nairobi, Kenya||1st||1500 m||3:36.19|
|2011||World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||1st||1500 m||3:35.69|
|2012||Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||12th||1500 m||3:43.83|
|2013||World Championships||Moscow, Russia||1st||1500 m||3:36.28|
|2014||IAAF World Relays||Nassau, Bahamas||1st||4 × 1500 m||14:22.22|
|2015||World Championships||Beijing, China||1st||1500 m||3:34.40|
|2016||Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||6th||1500 m||3:50.87|
|2017||World Championships||London, United Kingdom||9th||1500 m||3:37.24|
His estimated net worth
Multiple online news outlets, including radio Jambo, put the net worth of Asbel Kiprop at $3 million (kes300million). Next