The International IAAF Integrity Unit announced today that Kenyan long-distance runner Patrick Sealy has been suspended for three and a half years due to his escape from anti-doping officials who tried to sample him.
The integrity unit said in a statement, "The escape from the doping inspectors necessitates the imposition of a penalty against him."
Sealy's sentence was initially supposed to be four years, but it was reduced by six months after he admitted the wrongdoing.
The Integrity Unit said, "The unit agreed to reduce the penalty by six months because it was his first experience in tests outside of competitions, in addition to his lack of sufficient information on anti-doping efforts, which apparently caused his misbehavior on that day."
The Kenyan runner jumped over a checkpoint in the place where he lives in western Kenya on the 18th of September of last year to escape from the inspectors who tried to take a sample from him for examination.
Sealy is the latest athlete from Kenya to be suspended in recent years in a long list that includes 2008 Olympic champion Asil Kiprop in the 1500m, former Boston and Chicago Marathon champion Rita Gibto, former Boston and Chicago Marathon champion Jemima Sumjung, 2016 Olympic marathon winner.