Monday, 16 September 2019 | 15:04 WIB

AIU Suspends Felix Kirwa for Nine Months for Using Strychnine

AIU Suspends Felix Kirwa for Nine Months for Using Strychnine (IAAF)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Kenyan marathon runner Felix Kirwa has sentenced to suspension for nine months after he was tested positive for using strychnine, a substance that is sometimes used as rat poison.

As quoted by Reuters on Thursday (6/13/2019), the Athletic Integrity Unit (AIU) said that Kirwa will be suspended until November 14 and disqualified from the second rank Singapore Marathon race in December.

Kirwa, who won the Singapore Marathon in 2016, said that he had taken herbal medicines which included the prohibited substance "rat poison." AIU also mentioned the presence of strychnine in his urine sample as described by Felix.

Strychnine is on the banned list of the World Anti-Doping Agency because it is a stimulant. In the late 19th and early 20th century, these substances were used in small doses as a driver of athletic performance and energy stimulants.

Kenya, which is famous for producing mid-range and distant runners, has increasingly damaged its reputation due to the increasing number of cases on doping in recent years.

In the past five years, around 50 Kenyan athletes have been subject to sanctions, including former Boston and Chicago Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo and 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong.

Three-time 1,500 meter world champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Asbel Kiprop also participated in a four-year competition in April for failing a doping test in November 2017.