- Former London Marathon winner Daniel Wanjiru has been banned for doping.
- Wanjiru, who won the 2017 London Marathon, has been banned from competition until 2023 by the Athletics Integrity Unity (AIU) for violation of World Athletics Anti-Doping rules.
Wanjiru (28) was provisionally suspended in April for an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) violation, but the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has now confirmed his ban; it has been backdated to December 9, 2019 and will be in place until December 8, 2023. The runner, who has maintained his innocence, has 30 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Details published by the AIU state the reason for Wanjiru’s ban was a sample showing levels of red blood cells that had no ‘physiological explanation’.
In a statement published by his management in April, Wanjiru protested his innocence, saying, ‘This statement comes from the heart. I am clean in the sports I do. The ABP [Athlete Biological Passport] finding is confusing and frustrating me. Specialists have informed me about how this can happen and I have come to realise there can be hundreds of reasons found why HB [haemoglobin-based oxygen carriers, a sign of blood doping] is fluctuating.
'I feel I am already seen as a sinner of doping, but I am not. I am innocent. It’s very painful what’s happening to me now. I’ve always believed that those athletes who are suspended because of a doping violation, were indeed guilty of what they did.
'But I’ve realised that being charged of guilt is just easy and now proving being unguilty is hard. I stand for clean sports. My results of the past came through hard work only. I have never used doping. We are currently investigating the case. Knowing I have never used anything, I have faith everything will be all right.'
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