Kenyan-Born Marathoner Won't Run for Korea in Rio

      April 07, 2016 13:06

      Wilson Loyanae Erupe

      Kenyan-born marathoner Wilson Loyanae Erupe will not represent Korea in the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August after the Korean Olympic Committee on Wednesday decided not to recommend him for fast-track naturalization.

      The Korea Association of Athletics Federations asked the committee in January to recommend Erupe for the fast track but the committee decided to postpone the decision due to Erupe's history of doping.

      Erupe was banned for two years in 2012 when a substance boosting hemoglobin was found in a doping test.

      Prior to the committee meeting, Erupe explained that he took the drug to treat malaria and submitted doctor's notes and medical history, but the committee did not accept them and rejected Erupe's plea, saying he should have notified it in advance if he was to take the drug for medical reasons.

      The committee also decided not to amend existing regulations that athletes who tested positive for doping cannot be on the national team for three years after the ban.

      That will also bar 2008 Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan from Rio as he tested positive for a banned substance in September 2014.

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