Elite Marathoner Titus Ekiru going through a pptential ten-year ban for 4 anti-doping fees

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MONACO: An intensive investigation by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), with vital help from Kenyan authorities, has led to 4 fees for Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) in opposition to Titus Ekiru – two separate fees regarding the detection of Prohibited Substances in his samples and two separate Tampering fees relating to the results-management course of in every case.


The 31-year-old’s fees stem from AIU investigations into Ekiru’s constructive incompetition doping assessments after marathon victories within the Generali Milano Marathon on 16 Might 2021 and the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon on 26 November 2021.


Ekiru examined constructive for Triamcinolone Acetonide after profitable in Milan however was not instantly charged after the preliminary investigation appeared to validate his rationalization that the outcome was attributable to official medical remedy. The athlete examined constructive for Pethidine after profitable in Abu Dhabi, and once more claimed the end result resulted from official medical remedy.


The AIU was notified of the constructive check for Pethidine on 1 February 2022. Following preliminary investigations into that matter – and given the emergence of a sample of Triamcinolone Acetonide use amongst Kenyan athletes – the AIU reopened the investigation into Ekiru’s first case. The athlete was provisionally suspended in June 2022, pending the end result of each wide-ranging investigations which included essential collaboration with the Anti-Doping Company of Kenya (ADAK) and different Kenyan authorities. This led to the AIU rejecting Ekiru’s explanations, charging him with the Pethidine ADRV in March 2023 and with the Triamcinolone Acetonide ADRV in April 2023.


Moreover, the AIU now asserts Ekiru has instances to reply for tampering with the results-management processes by submitting falsified medical explanations and documentation to the AIU for each constructive assessments. This implies the elite marathoner – who has the best to defend himself earlier than the Disciplinary Tribunal – is going through a possible ten-year ban. The AIU will make no additional touch upon this matter till its conclusion.




  • Triamcinolone Acetonide is a Prohibited Substance beneath the WADA Prohibited Record beneath the class S9: Glucocorticoids. It’s a substance prohibited in-competition (however previous to 2022, it was not prohibited when administered by native injection). Glucocorticoids are generally used as therapeutic substances in sports activities, however are prohibited in-competition as a result of, when administered through prohibited routes, there’s clear proof of systemic results which might doubtlessly improve efficiency and be dangerous to well being. Using glucocorticoids by an athlete in the course of the in-competition interval requires a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) or (for instances arising previous to 2022) proof that administration shouldn’t be through a prohibited route. If an athlete returns an AAF to a glucocorticoid and can’t produce a TUE, or show a non-prohibited route of administration, they’ll have dedicated an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.


  • Pethidine is a Prohibited Substance beneath the WADA Prohibited Record beneath the class S7: Narcotics. The substances of this class are utilized in medical observe to handle extreme ache; nonetheless, their abuse is related to dangers of bodily dependence and habit, and they’re labeled as managed substances in most international locations and prohibited in-competition in sport.


In regards to the Highway Working Integrity Programme: The Athletics Integrity Unit runs an in depth anti-doping programme overlaying greater than 300 skilled street runners; a minimum of 150 males and 150 ladies. The programme’s actions of testing, intelligence, investigation, prosecution and schooling are funded totally via contributions from World Athletics, Abbott World Marathon Majors, World Athletics Label Highway Races, Athletes and their Athlete Representatives, and working shoe firms: adidas, ASICS and Nike.


About Kenya’s Anti-Doping Programme: In late 2022, the Kenyan Authorities pledged a further US$25 million ($5 million yearly for 5 years) to bolster anti-doping actions in Kenyan athletics. A Steering Committee – comprising representatives from the AIU, ADAK, Athletics Kenya (AK) and the Authorities of Kenya – was established in January 2023 to supervise the challenge plan and using the funds. The AIU will supply experience throughout important capabilities (testing, investigation, intelligence and schooling) to help in capability constructing and assist improve the battle in opposition to doping in Kenya.


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