Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop claimed on Thursday that he was asked to admit that he doped so that he would be made an IAAF ambassador on anti-doping.
In a statement seen by Etaarifa News, the 1500m maestro maintained that the doping allegations against him were false and aimed at tarnishing his name.
His statement reads in part: “I have noted the main media reports alleging that I have doped. I have also noted social media comments on the allegation. I vehemently deny any doping. I have remained faithful to my anti-doping convictions and I will be the last person to commit such an atrocious un-sports like thing.
“I have been asked to admit that I doped so that I would be made an ambassador of I.A.A.F on anti-doping. I have refused, as this is not only untrue but also a fraud. I do not need absolution on the allegations.”
Kiprop alleged that World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) officials extorted money from him before collecting blood and urine samples from him for testing last year.
Kiprop, 28, also alleged in his statement that two officials might have interfered with his urine samples.
Kiprop, who was investigated by the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF’s) Athletes Integrity Unit (AIU) said he was informed on February 3, this year that he had tested positive for a banned substance, blood boosting Erythropoietin (EPO).
“I remain perplexed on how my innocent sample could turn positive on the only time when money was extorted from me. It is not beyond my suspicion that my sample turned positive because I might have remitted less money than I was expected to remit,” said Kiprop.
He stated the public trial he had been subjected to was not fair as the investigations were supposed to be carried out in private.
“I pray to be given the benefit of doubt even as I am cast into this lonely isolation. I know it may be impossible to defend myself from any accuser who has made up his mind and who would view my protestations as a mere denial.
“I, however, pray that all and sundry of good-will do not hasten to summarily make negative assumptions and judgment about me. I grave to be seen for who I am, what I have stood for and what I represent.
“However for the determined, before God and before man, I am innocent. I did not dope. I do not labour under the weight of the shame of doping,” his statement concluded.