Kenyans at loggerheads after Asbel Kiprop’s meltdown

By Brian Murumba: Sunday, April 28th 2019 at 11:00 GMT +3 | Athletics
Kiprop urged the National Police Service (NPS) to relieve him of his duties [Courtesy]

There seems to be a stark contrast in the views of Kenyans on 1500m Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop’s suicidal posts on social media.

Kiprop urged the National Police Service (NPS) to relieve him of his duties and threatened to use his gun to ‘earn himself justice’ via a Facebook post on Saturday.

He went ahead to ask (IAAF) International Association of Athletics Federation to withdraw his medals. “I pray to National Police Service to dismiss me Now. Before I use their machinery to earn myself Justice. Kindly IAAF come take your medals. I don’t need any on my house wall,” wrote Kiprop.

Photo [Courtesy]

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Disciplinary Tribunal banned Olympic and three-time World 1,500 metres world champion for four years after Athletes Integrity Unit (AIU) confirmed that two urine samples collected from his home on November 27, 2017, returned adverse findings, confirming the presence of EPO in his system.

He, however, refused to accept the verdict and accused the AIU of a personal witch hunt. He claimed that his original samples had been tampered with by officials -- who he claimed were punishing him for not being generous enough with the money he gave them.

It now looks like the middle-distance runner is finding it hard to deal with life outside of athletics after Saturday’s social media activity that shook the whole country. But Kenyans don’t seem to be reading from the same script if the comments on his posts are anything to go by.

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Some sympathised with him while others blasted him for his posts. Here are some of the social media comments as seen by Game Yetu.

 

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