NAIROBI, Kenya- Olympic and three-time world men 1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop, has once again taken to social media to insist he would never cheat in a sport that is ‘my life’.
The two-time World Cross gold winner is battling doping charges after the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the IAAF confirmed his urine samples had tested positive for banned blood booster, recombinant Erythropoietin (rEPO) following an out of competition test last November.
The lanky Kiprop has vigorously defend himself from the accusations and as the world awaits the outcome of a tribunal investigation into the charges, Kiprop has once again taken to social media to protest his innocence in a series of posts on his official Facebook page since the weekend.
“Everybody runs to Justice. No one has ever run for Justice. #ComingSoon,” Kiprop first wrote on Saturday.
“Every genuine champion who ever worked hard or works hard in truth and transparency to become a champion and inspiration should never limit themselves from barriers nor challenges or obstacles.
“They must fight for truth transparency and fairness; In this case we are not only categorised on experience but over higher experience. Some experiences make us a centre of interest between unjust and just,” the Nairobi 2010 African Senior Championships men 1500m titleholder posted on the same platform on Monday evening.
“Our destiny will depend on the truth in us. What we advocate for is what will stand with us and for us. As long as we get common interest on what’s good in order to avoid mistaken own goals against negativity,” Kiprop who has been one of the most vocal opponents against doping before the bombshell news broke added.
Not done, the 2007 All Africa Games men 1500m champion wrote another long message on the same platform where he promised to fight to salvage his reputation to the very end as he outlined his roots in the sport that turned him into a global middle distance running star.
“Athletics has been my life even before I was born. It was running that qualified my father to become a police officer and his fitness made him a CPTI instructor. That’s where he met my mum who was then a recruit and I was born.
“It was Kipchoge Keino who nurtured my talent when I was still a teenager courtesy of my father. Under IAAF/IOC training camp and the wing of Kip-Keino I got shelter to train,” Kiprop, the son of retired runner David Kebenei, who finished fourth at the 1987 All Africa Games in the men 1500m started.
Kiprop then described he met and fell for the Ostrava 2007 World Under 18 (Youth) girl’s 1500m champion, Sammary Cherotich, when they visited State House Nairobi to meet retired President, Mwai Kibaki following the success of Team Kenya for the Osaka 2007 World Championships where the country won five gold.
He then credited former Commonwealth women 5000m and World Under 20 3000m champion, Mercy Cherono, for acting as the link to their romance with Cherotich that has bore him two children having been sheltered by Kipchoge’s son, Martin Keino at the IOC High Performance Training Centre in Eldoret.
“It was the inspiration from my father that made me aspire to become an athlete having told me about an 800m race in Crystal palace in 1982 when I was still in his veins versus Seb Coe, Mike Boit and today’s commentator Steve Cram where my father finish fifth.
“It is for athletics that today I have a son and a daughter and it is for athletics that I’m Asbel Kiprop. I was born of athletics and I will not only earn a living via athletics I will never fake athletics,” the Kenyan middle distance running star signed off.
Former Olympic and world 800m champion, Coe who is the President of world governing body, IAAF formed the AIU as one of his four pillars of reform following the doping scandal that threatened to tear the sport apart in 2015 when he succeeded Senegalese national, Lamine Diack at the helm.
Kiprop who was scheduled to compete for the first time this season at the opening 2018 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha last week, was considering stepping up the distance after failing his bid to bag a fourth successive men 1500m title in London last summer.
His posts have attracted support from social media users who believe he is innocent of the charges levelled ahead of the tribunal hearing where the athlete and AIU will present their cases.
Kiprop is employed as a Kenya Police Service officer attached to the Presidential Escort Unit.
“True bro am telling those guys to say sorry to you because you are talented even before you are born. Let them say what wanaitaji kutoka kwako (they need from you) not mambo na Doping (things on doping),” Kimutai Abongo Philemon replied.
“The truth will set you free very soon. You are a strong athlete we all admire to follow your footsteps. God is there for you,” Joash Mutai added.
“I’m pained by this whole situation and I stand in solidarity with you Asbel. I feel pained that self-confessed juicers like a famous sprinter in the 80s and early 90s still adorns his medals and walks scot free attacking modern day superstars who are not from his country.
“Then agents of extortion want to take away your hard work like they did in Beijing 2008? We are on your side mzito (boss) and we will not take this lying down. You have overcome,” Maranga Njoroge posted in an apparent dig at retired American sprint icon, Carl Lewis who has been dogged by rumours of doping that have never been proven.