Latest Athletics News (Week 2 May 2018)

Asbel Kiprop vows to prove innocence about failed doping test

As announced by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), former world 1,500 metres champion from Kenya, Asbel Kiprop had tested positive in an out-of-competition doping test for the blood-booster EPO in November, 2017. Kiprop said that he was traumatized and his family was devastated after hearing the news and is ready to prove his innocence. The former Olympic champion showed a considerable amount of scepticism on Thursday and said that he suspects that his urine sample had been interfered with.  However, the AIU confirmed after investigations that there had been no tampering with the sample. Kiprop’s name is the latest addition to the long list of over 50 athletes from east African nations who have been involved in doping cases in the recent years.  When asked about the possibility of him being injected with the blood booster without his knowledge, he dismissed the idea completely. Asbel’s case is with an IAAF disciplinary tribunal and if found guilty, he could face a ban from the sport for four years.

Caster Semenya to continue running despite rule change by IAAF

The recent alteration of rules regarding the testosterone levels of female athletes by the International Association of Athletes Federation (IAAF) had posed a major threat to South African athlete, Caster Semenya’s career. The new rules announced by IAAF requires female athletes participating in races from 400m to a mile to maintain their testosterone levels within 5 nmol/L, a mark particularly difficult for Semenya, who has often been an scrutiny by IAAF due to her deep voice as well as her physique. The double Olympic champion recently won gold in both 800m and 1500m races at the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a record breaking 4:00:71 time for the latter. However, after much controversy, Caster will be back on track for the Diamond League at Doha. She will participate in the 1,500m race in the opening of IAAF’s 14-meet competition.

India triumphs South Asian Junior Athletics Championships

India finished on top of the leaderboard in the South Asian Junior Athletics Championships, which took place in Colombo. With a final medal tally of 20 golds, 22 silvers and 8 bronzes, Indian athletes won nine golds on the final day, registering new meet records in many fields. Priyadarshini Suresh won the gold in Girls’ Triple Jump with a record of 12.9m while Sanjana Choudhary set a new record of 48.08 in Javelin Throw. The tournament also witnessed a new record of 18.53m in Boys’ Shot Put by Ashish Bhalothia while triple jumper Kamalraj Kanagaraj won gold for the nation with a record breaking jump of 15.96m. Sri Lanka finished second in the championships with Pakistan a close third.