Kenyan marathoner Titus Ekiru has been banned for ten years after violating anti doping rules.
Today, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) handed Ekiru ten years after testing positive for the use of Prohibited Substances (Triamcinolone Acetonide and Metabolite; Pethidine and Metabolite) and his results in all competitions since 2021 have been quashed.
Two years for aggravating circumstances while the bulk of the ban is for tampering, which carries an eight-year ban as it was repeated twice by the offender.
Ekiru won the half marathon gold at the 2019 All-African Games and posted wins in the Seville Marathon (2017), Mexico City Marathon (2018), and Honolulu Marathon (2018/2019).
He also the Milano Marathon in 2018 and the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in 2017 among others.
AIU discovered the presence of AIU said the first adverse analytical finding happened during the Milano Marathon in May 2021, where there were traces of Triamcinolone Acetonide.