THE International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has handed Zambia’s decorated female athlete Kabange Mupopo a four-year ban for doping. But Zambia Amateur Athletics Association insists that the alleged doping was caused by hormonal imbalances. According to the latest sanctions for doping and non-doping violations list from the Athletic Integrity Unit, Mupopo tested positive to substance abuse and has therefore been put on a four-year ineligibility mode effective August 6, 2017.
But ZAAA president Elias Mpondela said there have been differences between his organisation and IAAF over Mupopo’s alleged doping.
He said Mupopo had imbalances in her hormones.
“We have had some controversy on the understanding on this matter with those people. From the medical results that we got from UTH, it was as a result of hormone imbalance. It’s not news to us, we have been talking about this, we have been involved in this issue for the past year. We have been talking with those people and we presented a counter, we said whatever they are talking about was caused but hormone imbalance…that’s the presentation we gave and they are yet to tell us what it is. It affects us, that is our iconic athlete. We have had a disagreement between their presentation and ours. Ours we are saying it’s hormone imbalance, maybe we failed to prove to them the hormone imbalance aspect. Naturally it affects us very much,” said Mpondela.
Mupopo, a Zambia Army officer, is also a football player who won gold in the 2015 African games. She also represented Zambia at the 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow where she clocked 50:09 but was unfortunately eliminated in the semi-finals.
She is also a silver medalist in the African championships held in Marrakech where she broke the Zambian record. Mupopo also qualified to represent Africa at the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup, also in Marrakech, where she finished fourth and improved her national record to 50.87.
Mupopo received an 18-month athletics scholarship from the Zambia Olympic Committee in 2015, leading her to concentrate on athletics and not football.