Nairobi: Suspended Kenyan Olympic 1,500 metres and three-time World Champion Asbel Kiprop has announced he is turning his back on athletics to try his hand at motorsport.
The controversial athlete, who is serving a four-year doping ban imposed in April 2019 after he tested positive for EPO, has joined a Nairobi motor-rallying academy with the hope of honing his motorsport skills.
“I am ready to begin again in a sport that doesn’t have doping conspiracy,” the 30-year-old Kiprop, who waged a long battle to prove his doping innocence, 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,” added the disgraced athlete.
Kiprop is known for being a fast driver, resulting in a road crash in November 2013 when he lost control of his vehicle that left him with a few bruises.
Kiprop’s entry into motorsport comes only five months before Kenya welcomes the return of the World Rally Championship – the ‘Safari Rally’ in July.