109 Olympians & World Champions Facing Doping Proceedings

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) released its records of 120 disciplinary proceedings for alleged doping offenses today.

Today, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) released its records of 120 disciplinary proceedings for alleged doping offenses that have come under its jurisdiction since April 2017. The report, which details 109 of those cases (11 have suspensions already been served), is being released as a part of its new public disclosure policy “to protect the integrity and reputation of the sport of athletics by prioritizing transparency with regards to its operations and handling of cases.”

The list includes 85 Olympic and world champions, 44 continental champions and 35 indoor world champions made up of 103 elites and 13 international athletes. Four officials are also named in the list. Among the 109 names, almost half of them involve Russian athletes.

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Steeplechase Olympic champion and Paris Diamond League record holder Ruth Jebet is cited on the report. Jebet beat the existing world record in the 3000m steeplechase by more than six seconds. Joining her is Violah Jepchumba, named third fastest woman of all time over the half-marathon distance. The Kenyan-long distance runner is currently fighting a four-year ban after testing positive for EPO.

Photo Credie: Athletic Integrity Unit
Photo Credie: Athletic Integrity Unit

This past June, Asbel Kiprop’s positive test results were made public following an out-of-competition test in Kenya last November. “I thought he wanted small money, maybe for tea,” Kiprop said of the bribery allegations he faced following the test.

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Previously, the outcome of cases was confidential until proceedings were complete. Going forward, the AIU promises to make public every stage of the process from a positive doping test to a provisional suspension, penalties imposed on the athlete and any appeals.

“Transparency and integrity go hand in hand,” said AIU Chair David Howman. “The Athletics Integrity Unit believes that the transparency measures unveiled today signal best practice in sport and will help instill greater public confidence in the integrity of athletics and the operations of the AIU.”