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Ugandan middle-distance runner given two-year ban for overlaying agent


On Friday, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) issued a two-year ban for two-time U20 international championship medallist Prisca Chesang of Uganda. Chesang examined certain for the banned diuretic and overlaying agent furosemide.

Chesang’s certain take a look at got here out-of-competition, at a coaching camp in Kapchorwa, Uganda, on Sept. 14. She was once in Kapchorwa getting ready for the ladies’s mile on the 2023 International Highway Operating Championships in Riga, Latvia, the place she positioned 18th total, on Oct. 1. 

The 20-year-old is a two-time international U20 medallist within the girls’s 5,000m, successful bronze at each the 2021 and 2022 U20 championships. Consistent with the AIU, they didn’t uncover any proof that Chesang’s movements had been intentional and due to this fact she was once simplest given a two-year ban as a substitute of 4 years. Chesang admitted to the Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV); her end result from the 2023 International Highway Operating Championships can be disqualified, and she is going to serve a two-year ban, till Dec. 6, 2025.

Furosemide is a diuretic, which means it will increase urine manufacturing, getting rid of extra water and salt from the frame. (Additionally it is used for reducing weight.) Furosemide additionally serves as a overlaying agent for different performance-enhancing ingredients that go away the frame thru urination, and due to this fact display up in a urine take a look at. The drug has been prohibited by means of the International Anti-Doping Company (WADA) for many years.

Chesang is one in every of Uganda’s most sensible up-and-coming distance runners and represented the East African country on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics within the girls’s 5,000m (however didn’t advance from the heats). Her most sensible senior championship end was once a seventh-place end result on the 2023 International XC Championships in Bathurst, Australia, serving to Uganda’s girls’s workforce win bronze.

Chesang is simplest the second one feminine Ugandan runner to be suspended by means of the AIU. The rustic’s first got here in Nov. 2023, when Janat Chemusto was once given a four-year ban for the usage of a prohibited substance.


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