James Karanja facing stern penalty after winning race during doping suspension

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ATHLETICS James Karanja facing stern penalty after winning race during doping suspension

Abigael Wafula 13:32 - 28.11.2023

James Karanja was provisionally suspended earlier this month and he reportedly competed and won a race, an incident that might place him in hot soup.

Marathoner James Karanja has landed himself in hot soup after competing and winning a race despite being provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

However, as reported by the Canadian Running Magazine, Karanja breached the AIU rules and went ahead to compete and win the Tropical Rainforest Run, a trail half-marathon in Tawau Hills, Malaysia, on Sunday.

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According to the AIU, all athletes are prohibited from competing during a provisional suspension, while they investigate the case.

The southeast Asia-based athlete won the 21.1K trail race with 800m of vertical outright in two hours and six minutes. He was awarded 3,000 Malaysian ringgit for his win, which is roughly Ksh 99,000.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, Karanja was provisionally suspended after testing positive for the use of a prohibited substance at the 2023 Kuching Marathon in Malaysia.

According to the AIU, Karanja tested positive for the prohibited substance Norandrosterone during an in-competition test at the 2023 Kuching Marathon, where he finished fourth and was eligible for prize money.

Norandrosterone is a metabolite of the anabolic steroid nandrolone, which is used to enhance performance, increase muscle, and expedite recovery.

Even if Karanja is found innocent, he could face up to four years for competing while suspended.

According to the race website, the deadline to register was before his suspension was made public, but a considerable time after Karanja was notified. The Tropical Rainforest Run’s website makes no mention of anti-doping.