Kiplimo not surprised following doping allegations
19 December 2014, 11:34
Nairobi - Joyce Jemutai Kiplimo gave up trying to get answers on doping charges after 12 trips to Athletics Kenya (AK) offices in Nairobi.
She was therefore not surprised when her name was mentioned among the two new athletes who failed a dope test.
"I had given up. I was sixth at the Yangzhou Jianzen International
Half Marathon, held in Yangzhou China in April,” Kiplimo told Standard Digital.
"AK called me in March to explain my case and each time, they wanted to know how much money I had made.
"I don't have money and I did not cheat knowingly. It was because of
the family planning (sic) and the knee injury. My bones were painful.
"I went to the doctor and he prescribed an injection for me. Later, I
was told by the race organisers that I had failed the dope test. I gave
all relevant medical documents to AK officials. They called me starting
in May and to date I have made over 12 trips to Riadha House. That is
money spent on the road and accommodation, yet they never listened to my
"In November, they asked me to appeal my case, after my manager had
inquired why the issue was taking longer than expected. Even if I was to
provide sample B, does it take this long."
Kiplimo case involved the urine sample collected in Yangzhou in
April. It revealed the presence of prohibited substance Norandosterone.
Following the hearings and upon evaluating the details of the case in
consultation with the IAAF, Athletics Kenya handed Kiplimo two-year
But Kiplimo feels something is not
right at Riadha House, where Isaiah Kiplagat has reigned as President of
the country track and field body for the last 21 years.
"There is no justice there. You are called and for a full day, you
sit in the reception. They treat you with contempt. No care at all. I
feel betrayed by the very people I believe were meant to defend my case.
"That is why I say it is useless to appeal. Their structures and systems are not functional," said Kiplimo.
AK Chief Executive Isaac Mwangi declined to comment on the issue
saying he required more time to review it. In the meantime, the athlete
will continue to serve her ban.
The sanction is effective from 20th April 2014 said a statement from AK.
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