On Saturday morning, the Sierre Zinal organizing committee launched a press release concerning the provisional suspension of 2022 Sierre Zinal champion Esther Chesang of Kenya after a optimistic take a look at for the consumption of triamcinolone acetonide (glucocorticoid) throughout competitors.
Le comité de Sierre-Zinal est informé à ce jour de la suspension provisoire d’Esther Chesang. Elle daterait du 11.05.2022. L’data a été publiée par Antidoping Company of Kenya en janvier 2023!
— Sierre Zinal (@SierreZinal) January 7, 2023
In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA), Chesang was examined upon arrival in Sierre-Zinal on Aug. 13, 2022. Her detrimental outcome from that date was confirmed by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) in October.
Though Chesang examined detrimental on the race, she had a earlier optimistic take a look at in Could 2022. Theoretically, Chesang shouldn’t have been allowed to run Sierre Zinal, however for the reason that optimistic take a look at in Could was not publicly communicated by the Anti-Doping Company of Kenya (ADAK), she acquired no sanctions and was cleared to run.
The Sierre-Zinal committee harassed the dearth of transparency by the ADAK within the curiosity of combating the battle in opposition to doping.
The ultimate rating of the 2022 girls’s race has been suspended and is at the moment pending the result of ongoing disciplinary proceedings concerning Chesang.
Chesang solely completed 30 seconds forward of the second-place finisher Maude Mathys from Valais, Switzerland. Mathys is a three-time Sierre Zinal champion who will probably be awarded her fourth title as soon as proceedings finalize.
Your complete state of affairs is disagreeable for Sierre Zinal since they already needed to disqualify the 2022 males’s winner Mark Kangogo of Kenya in October. The 33-year-old examined optimistic for norandrosterone (anabolic steroid) and triamcinolone acetonide (glucocorticoid) after a post-race take a look at. The 2022 males’s title was awarded to Andreu Blanes of Spain.