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The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) suspended Kenyan, Patrick Siele for three years and six months for violating anti-doping rules.
The AIU claims that Siele, “evaded, refused and failed to submit to sample collection in December last year in Kapsabet, Nandi County.”
Apparently, the then 23-year old was notified by doping control officers (DCO) that he had been selected for doping control and was required to provide a sample.
He was subsequently asked to join a group, who had similarly been selected for doping control, in order to complete the formal written notification procedures.
“While waiting to complete the written notification process in the presence of DCO, the athlete ran away from the camp,” noted AIU in their ruling. “When one of the DCOs saw the athlete attempting to leave, he followed the athlete out of the building and it was clear that he was running away from testing.”
Apparently a witness corroborated that Siele was seen hurdling a fence to escape from the compound, demonstrating great athletics ability.
Siele eventually admitted to the evasive action. On that basis, he contravened a Rule Violation, therefore received the ban.
He owns a personal best in the marathon of 2:10:42, which he set in Shanghai last year. His half-marathon record is 60:43 from Lille, France.