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AIU reprimands banned runner for attending World Athletics’ online courses



Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya chief executive officer Japhter Rugut, (C) flanked by Gunter Younger, Director of Intelligence and Investigations at the World Anti Doping Agency (R), and Brett Clothier, head of the Athletics Integrity Unit, (AIU) addresses a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) reprimanded a Kenyan runner on Friday after he attended two online courses conducted by World Athletics when the conditions of his ban prevented him from participating in any activity by the athletics body.

Joel Maina Mwangi was banned for three years in June 2022 for an anti-doping rule violation and the 38-year-old was not authorised to attend any courses apart from anti-doping education or rehabilitation programs.

Mwangi had attended World Athletics’ Gender Leadership Course in April this year followed by the Technical Officials Education and Certification System course in May.

The AIU said Mwangi had been “seeking to better himself by completing certain education programmes” while serving his ban and apologised for his mistake, not knowing they were prohibited as they did not require in-person attendance.

The AIU added that since he had admitted the breach immediately when he was notified, the body considered only a reprimand and did not add to his ban, which ends on June 22, 2025.




Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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