Athletics Integrity Unit suspends three athletes

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As the statute of limitations winds down on re-testing blood samples from the 2012 London Olympic Games in August, another positive test result has been discovered in addition to two other positive results – all three face suspension.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) banned three athletes who allegedly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

They are Belarusian pole vaulter Stanislau Tsivonchyk, Kiranjeet Kaur distance runner from India, and Kenyan marathon runner Mikel Mutai.

Tsivonchyk tested positive for a steroid called DHCMT.

His performances that took place from August 7, 2012, to August 6, 2014, have been removed, and a two-year suspension has been handed down which starts retroactively from February 20, 2019.

Kaur is banned for four years for the use of SARM S22, an anabolic agent. Her test came after the Tata Steel Kolkata 25k in December 2019.

The Indian national testing centre is apparently under suspension, so WADA had her samples tested at an approved lab in Doha, Qatar.

She had won the 25K and has now been stripped of the victory.

In her reply, Kaur said that “she had been suffering from typhoid and took medication given to her by a village doctor, but did not know the contents of the medication.”

She added that “she had developed sudden pain in her breast and had been given additional medication to treat that pain.”

The 32-year-old Mutai owns a marathon personal best of 2:09:18 and a half-marathon best of 61:41.

Mutai has received a four-year suspension for the presence of nandrolone, after the Taipei Marathon in Taiwan.

Mutai replied claimed he was using an anti-inflammatory drug, a supplement called super vitamin and mineral prior to the Taipei Marathon.

 

 

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