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London Marathon champ Kipruto ’embarrassed’ by Kenyan doping scandal

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Defending London Marathon champion Amos Kipruto thinks the current doping scandal in Kenya is “embarrassing” for a youthful technology of runners coming via in his residence countr,y as he prepares to defend his London Marathon title on Sunday.

As of the beginning of this month, 66 Kenyan athletes have been on the Athletics Integrity Unit’s (AIU) world ineligible athlete checklist for breaching anti-doping guidelines.

No less than 45 Kenyan athletes have been sanctioned for doping final yr – both by the Athletics Integrity Unit or Kenya’s Anti-Doping Company – together with large names reminiscent of 2019 Boston and Chicago Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono and Diana Kipyokei, the 2021 Boston Marathon champion, who had her title stripped after failing an in-competition drug check at that race.

Earlier this month, the AIU claimed there was proof of a “medically-savvy operation” serving to Kenyan athletes cheat after similarities in at the least two current tampering instances have been found amounting to “legal conduct involving frauds on the AIU”.

That got here after the anti-doping physique praised the Kenyan Authorities final month on a 25 million US {dollars} dedication to scrub up the issue through the creation of an Anti-Doping Steering Committee, together with the AIU, the Anti-Doping Company of Kenya (ADAK) and Athletics Kenya (AK).

Kipruto, 30-years-old, returns to defend the London marathon title he received in 2 hours 4 minutes and 39 seconds in October 2022.

This yr would be the first time since 2019 that the 26.2-mile race is run in its conventional April slot and would be the first time in historical past that two males who’ve run inside two hours and two minutes might be collectively on the identical begin line.

Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest man ever with a private greatest of two hours 1 minute and 41 seconds, and Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum, who grew to become the quickest marathon debutant in historical past profitable the 2022 Valencia Marathon in 2 hours 1 minute and 53 seconds, might be within the subject alongside Kipruto, 2022 world champion Tamirat Tola and four-time Olympic gold medallist on the observe Mo Farah.

Farah, 40-years-old, revealed in January that 2023 was set to be his last yr in athletics and confirmed on Thursday that he won’t try one other marathon following this weekend’s race.

The Brit needed to pull out of final yr’s occasion with a hip damage, however is glad together with his coaching in Ethiopia forward of his swansong and likewise confirmed at Thursday’s media convention that he has no plans to race at August’s World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.