Latest doping violations: Kenyan Kitwara and Moroccan Laqouahi now banned

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Two more athletes have been sanctioned for testing positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs.

World Half Marathon champion Sammy Kiprop Kitwara of Kenya will be banned as is Moroccan Hassan Laqouahi, which was announced by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

The 33-year-old Kenyan who helped win the team event at the 2010 World Half Marathon Championships in Nanning, China tested positive for the asthma drug Terbutaline.

His samples from the Seoul Marathon in March 2019 tested positive. He finished seventh in 2:09:52.

Kitwara will not be appealing the 16-month suspension.

Kitwara owns a best of 2:04:28, which he ran at the 2014 Chicago Marathon, finished second to fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge.

He finished in the time of 58:48 at the 2011 Philadelphia Half Marathon. He won the Kenyan national 10,000-metre championships in Nairobi, Kenya in the time of 27:44.46 in 2009.

Laqouahi owns a marathon best of 2:17:37  and a half-marathon best of 64:55 both run this year. He tested positive for EPO, the blood-booster. He has been banned for four years from tests conducted in November of this year.

His suspension is appealable.