Olympic star Asbel Kiprop opens up on his struggle with alcoholism and depression

2008 Olympic star Asbel Kiprop has finally broken his silence about fighting alcoholism and depression during his four-year ban from athletics.

Kiprop was banned by a panel of the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after being found to have performance-enhancing drugs in November 2017.

The former gold medal winner was temporarily suspended on 3 February 2018.

Speaking on Wednesday February 2 after completing his four-year ban, Kiprop said he struggled with alcoholism that endangered his life.

The 1,500-meter-long champion recounted how the ban nearly caused him to sink into depression and alcohol abuse.

“It got to the point where I became an alcoholic. I was at the lowest level of my life, battling depression,” Kiprop said.

According to the athlete, almost all of his friends and fellow athletes did not want to associate with him. He was left alone, stuck, with no one to turn to.

“It wasn’t easy, it was hard because my friends left me. They didn’t reach me,” Asbel complained.

In his call to race organizers, Kiprop urged them to consider him in the next race. The star athlete has expressed his fear of being ignored because of the ban and its impact on his life.

“Although I know that many race organizers will not invite me to their race, I would be happy to participate in even a small race. I will volunteer and make these races meaningful because the sport is n Not money,” said the athlete, who is trying to get back on his feet.

Kiprop described the incident as “deplorable,” saying that those who were wrongly charged should borrow a paper when he returned and learn that life would always provide a second chance.

He intends to enter his first competitive race in April 2022, starting his sporting journey from scratch.

“Returning is a priority full of expectations. I hope to return with the feeling of a brilliant athlete.”

Kiprop spoke out against the use of muscle-stimulating drugs during the four years he was banned from engaging in the sport.

Anyone suffering from stress and mental health problems is encouraged to call the Kenya Red Cross Society, 1199, for assistance and advice.

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