Kenyan marathoner Salome Jerono handed 8-year-ban for Anti-doping rule violation

By Robert Abong'o: Thursday, July 18th 2019 at 12:24 GMT +3 | Athletics
Kenyan marathoner Salome Jerono in action in a past race[PHOTO: Courtesy]

After being found guilty of committing a second Anti-Doping violation, Kenyan marathoner Salome Jerono has been slapped with an eight-year ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

Jerono had previously been sanctioned by the AIU in 2012 for a first anti-doping rule violation and received a two-year ‘period on ineligibility’ after testing positive for Norandosterone, a substance prohibited under the World Anti-Doping agency (WADA) list.

AIU says Jerono did not have a TUE permitting the use of the substance.

In May, a WADA accredited lab in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil reported traces of 19-norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone found in a sample of Jerono’s urine. She provided this sample after winning the 2012 Standard Chartered marathon.

She was notified in June and handed a provisional suspension as resolutions on her case were sought. She was offered the opportunity to respond to the findings and she did so, stating she had an injection of Depo-Provera (Medroxyprogesterone) a fortnight before the race.

The AIU later informed Jerono her explanation did not account for the presence of the banned substance in her body and charged her with committing a second Anti-Doping rule violation.

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The AIU later gave Jerono the chance to either admit the Anti-Doping rule violation and accept an eight-year ineligibility period or request a hearing before the Disciplinary Tribunal before July 4.

Unfortunately, the athlete did not respond to the charge within the given deadline.

Five days later, she was handed another opportunity to respond to the charge, with the deadline placed at July 11. Sadly, she did not respond in time.

Consequently, in accordance with article 8.45 of the Anti-Doping Rules, Jerono was deemed to have admitted to rule violations and to have ‘acceded to the consequences’ specified in the charge.

“On the basis that the Athlete is deemed to have admitted the Anti-Doping Rule Violations specified above, the AIU confirms by this decision the following Consequences in her case: 13.1 a period of Ineligibility of eight (8) years pursuant to Articles 10.2.1 (a) and 10.7.1 commencing on June 5, 2019 for the Athlete’s second violation of the ADR; and 13.2. disqualification of the Athlete’s results since April 7, 2019 with all resulting consequences including the forfeiture of any titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money pursuant to Articles 9 and 10.8 ADR,” said the AIU in a statement.

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