Former Olympic 1500m champion and three-time world champion Asbel Kiprop says he is turning his back on athletics to try motorsport. Kiprop won gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 but is serving a four-year doping ban imposed in April 2019.
The 30-year-old Kenyan has now joined a Nairobi motor-rallying academy to hone his driving skills. “I’m ready to begin again in a sport that doesn’t have doping conspiracy,” he said on Twitter. “I will be patient again to be able to be champion. I will be climbing this ladder hoping to learn the next game.” Kiprop tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) in an out-of-competition test in November 2017. However, he maintained his innocence throughout, claiming his sample may have been tampered with.