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Drug cheat Matthew Kisorio, as well as Justus Kimutai and Morris Gachaga, have been handed suspensions for whereabouts failures. Kisorio had already served a four-year doping suspension. Gachaga, a marathon runner started his two-year suspension on March 4, 2022. Results from his races from December 13, 2021, are disqualified.
Athletics fans may recall that Kisorio tested positive for steroids at the 2012 Kenyan Athletics Championships. At the time he admitted to doping. The now 32-year-old made headlines by saying that Kenyan medical staff administered doping to athletes.
The AIU has banned long distance runner Morris Gachaga of Kenya for 2 yrs for Whereabouts failures. Two other athletes Mathew Kisorio and Justus Kimutai, both from Kenya, have been provisionally suspended for Whereabouts failures.— Athletics Integrity Unit (@aiu_athletics) April 1, 2022
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Kisorio last competed in 2019 when he won the Eldoret and Beijing Marathons in the times of 2:12:38 and 2:07:06 respectively. A year after he finished third at the Valencia Marathon with his personal best of 2:04:53.
The 26-year-old Gachaga ran the 2021 Paris Marathon in the time of 2:05:09. His half-marathon best is 59:22 from the 2019 running of the Ras Al Khaimah event.
Recently, eight other Kenyan athletes have been suspended for various reasons mostly in 2022. They include Mark Otieno, Joyce Chepkirui, Nicholas Kiptoo, Rachel Mutgaa, Vane Nyaboke, Edward Kiprop Kibet, Paul Lonyangata, and Tabitha Wambui.
Next to Russia, who has a blanket ban, Kenya has the most suspended athletes in the sport of athletics in the world. There are approximately 80 Kenyan athletes coming out of or, entering or somewhere in the middle of two to four-year provisional or unappealable bans.
Kenya’s dumpster fire of doping began at least as far back as 2013.
So, as it turns out, Kenya’s terrible fall from grace continues unabated. The nation of athletes once thought to run purely on talent, as well as living at altitude, living a simple lifestyle, and executing a devastating work ethic has been badly tarnished over recent years.