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According to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), there are approximately 500 athletes from around the world who are ineligible to compete in the sport of athletics for doping or having blood profile anomalies indicated in their Athlete Biological Passports (ABP).

For context, there are approximately 500 players in the Premier League (soccer/football), 450 in the NBA, and 775 in the NHL.

Currently, there are 41 Kenyans unable to compete. There are several more Kenyans who run for Bahrain and various other countries, a few of them have been suspended as well. There are 35 from Morocco, 41 from India, 80 Russians, 30 Chinese, one Canadian, four Swedes, 12  Ethiopians and 13 Americans, one of them being heptathlete Alexandria Gochenour. The 26-year-old has been banned for four years following an anti-doping violation, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced.

The former Arizona Razorback and Warrensburg, Mo native tested positive for the anabolic agent ostarine during an in-competition test at the USATF Track and Field Championships on June 24, 2018.

Ostarine, also known as MK-2866 is a selective androgen receptor modulator. It an ingredient that is often found in dietary supplements.

Gochenour’s four-year ban started retroactively to June 24, 2018, and has been disqualified from competitive results obtained since, including forfeiture of all medals, and prizes.