Background to each of the passport (ABP) flags

to the best of Rhonex's ability to remember these events several years later:

The passport (ABP) was flagged with high:

Samples 2, 15, 16 and 22 (high HGB) and Sample 26 (low HGB).

High OFFscores in Sample 2, 15 and 16 and low OFFscores in Sample 18, 26 and 31.

High reticulocyte percentage (%ret) values in Sample 18, 25 and 31.

Sample 2 - Collected in Iten, Kenya, several days before Rhonex's participation in Prague 10K. Some occasional, sporadic alcohol use / abuse probably started in 2018 already, with a July 2018 urine sample carrying 0.6 ug/mL EtG value, indicating use of alcohol. 

Samples 15 and 16 - Collected several days apart in May and June 2020, with Covid-19 pandemic in full swing. Rhonex was never confirmed for any of the precious few track or road events during summer and autumn 2020 and it took lots of time and effort to somewhat reduce alcohol abuse (as evident from recorded EtG values), deal with injury / niggles and have him back to St. Patrick's in Iten mostly from late June - early July 2020.

Sample 18 - Collected as Rhonex was leaving Kenya to be present in Prague during Prague Restart event as a guest. He was still not training and living well at the time, alcohol abuse continued in August and the EtG value of 6 ug/mL was recorded in this sample, despite the planned travel.

Sample 22 - Collected in the second half of January 2021. Rhonex spent the last two weeks of December 2020 (post-Valencia) and first two weeks of 2021 in off-season, with sporadic training and with occasional alcohol abuse. His first international competition was a low-key 10,000m race in Portugal in May 2021.

Sample 25 - Collected in mid-June 2021, two days before Olympic Trials during which Rhonex recorded a DNF, failing to qualify for the Olympics.

Sample 26 - Collected in mid-August 2021, just over two weeks after Rhonex has returned from Tokyo Olympics, for which he didn't qualify and for which he was called up ("last minute" in last 8-9 days of July 2021 if memory serves him well) as a replacement for injured athlete. He competed modestly on 30 July, finishing 9th and never being competitive as the race unfolded. 

Sample 31 - Collected in second half of February 2022, with Rhonex spending part of December 2021 in Iten (at home address, bing outside of the St. Patrick's camp for approximately 20 days) after a period of time (just over a month) spent in Police College for the police training. Rhonex started to train for April - June 2022 period from last week of December 2021 with alcohol abuse ongoing, as recorded with 30 ug/mL EtG value for sample 31.

ABP overview and raw hematological data from the ethanol simulation experiment

I hope that in time my medical diagnosis will be clear both for myself and for this case. I don't cheat or dope! The truth is on my side. This is all I can say.

Rhonex Kipruto

22 April 2024

Help Rhonex Run


Rhonex Kipruto is opening up about his struggles with alcohol and the complexities of his ongoing Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) case, aiming to increase transparency and advocate for reforms in anti-doping policies.

Ikaika Sports (Rhonex's sports management and sports marketing agency) issued a lengthy press release on 17 May 2023 in relation to this matter.

Rhonex seeks to inform public in detail and without hesitation on what this ABP matter is all about. Rhonex has nothing to hide.

Motivate World Athletics; Athletics Integrity Unit; leading World Athletics Label Road Races; World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI); sports media; and the general public to make efforts to understand the complexity of ABP cases and, potentially, to motivate key stakeholders to work on reform around ABP matters. These cases are often very complex, extremely costly and due to lack of available experts they do present a huge barrier to overcome for athletes. 

Fund-raise, as he is in grave need of support as it relates to his huge medical and legal bills.


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