Returning Asbel Kiprop focus on Police championships

Former Olympic Games 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop will be making his track debut at the Kenya Police Track and Field championships after completing his four-year ban that came to an end on Wednesday 2nd February.

The lanky runner, who has consistently declined to accept that he doped has joined a long list of athletes who have served their term out of competition after they were banned by Athletics Integrity Unit way back in 2018 said he will start from the local races before thinking of moving to major international races.

“Right now, I cannot be trusted by many people but am hoping to start from the beginning. The basics that led me to be a world champion. I started from the scratch and that is where I want to start again in this journey of returning to the track,” said Kiprop.

During an emotional interview in Eldoret, the three-time world 1,500m champion said that since he cannot train with other athletes, he takes his training sessions at the Eldoret Sports club or back at his Simat home in Uasin Gishu County.

“This journey is not as easy as people think. Isolation is not good and freedom that many people enjoy, once it has been taken away from you, life changes completely,” he said.

With his focus set for Police Track and field championships set for April 6th to 7th at the Kasarani stadium, Kiprop has intensified training to secure podium finishes as he resumes his career in athletics.

“It has been hell on earth for me but soon I am going to regain my freedom and prove to the world that I did not dope. I know and am sure of the challenges facing me even when the ban will come to an end,” said Kiprop in teary eyes.

Kiprop won the Olympic title in 2008 in Beijing, China before winning the Daegu world championships title in 2011, bagging a hat-trick in 2013 (Moscow, Russia) and 2015 in Beijing China.

He was also the 2007 world cross country junior champion in Mombasa, Kenya, All Africa games champion Africa championships among other accolades.

“My first flight was local when I competed at the World cross country as a junior runner in Mombasa therefore, I will start from local races before heading into the world shows,” he said.

Kiprop will join world champion Elijah Manangoi, Sammy Kitwara (Terbutaline), Suleiman Simotwo (Norandrosterone, Eliud Magut (Norandrosterone), Lucy kabuu Wangui (Morphine), Samson Mungai Kagia (Methylprednisolone), Hillary Kipkosgei Yego (Norandrosterone), Alex Korio Oloitiptip (Whereabouts), Philip Cheruiyot Kangogo (Higenamine), James mwangi Wangare (Testosterone), Nicholas Kiptoo Kosgei (Prednisone), Alfred Kipketer (Whereabouts) and Benjamin Ngandu Ndegwa (Norandrosterone).

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