NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
An Italian manager who was acquitted of charges
related to doping on Tuesday stated his intention to continue
operating in Kenya despite the distress caused by the
allegations and subsequent legal action.
Federico Rosa, a
director of leading athletics agency firm Rosa Associati, was
set free by a Nairobi court on Tuesday after the State withdrew
charges of causing harm to the profession of two athletes,
Elijah Kiprono and Rita Jeptoo, by administering prohibited
“The nightmare is
over today the prosecutor has determined the end of the case and
acquitted me since there aren’t any charges and no evidence
against me. This is one of the most amazing days of my life.
“Thanks again from
my heart to you all that had my back and you gave me courage in
this terrible experience,” the Italian wrote after the charges
facing him were dropped.
“The accused is
hereby discharged and the security documents to be returned to
the depositors and sureties discharged. The cash bail to be
refunded to the depositor. The passport of the accused is to be
returned to him,” Kibera Law Courts Principal Magistrate Bernard
Ochoi said in the verdict to dismiss the case against the
Federico, who had
been out on a 5,000 U.S. dollar bail, quickly left the courts
moments after he was set free. The ordeal started on July 1 when
officers ransacked his hotel room in the northwestern town of
Eldoret during the Kenyan Trials for Rio 2016 Olympics.
Federico, the State reserved its rights under Kenyan law to
re-arrest the Italian should further evidence to support the
charges surface, but it is highly unlikely after one of the
accusers Jeptoo had her ban extended to four years by the Court
of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last month for use of banned
blood booster EPO.
The CAS ruling in
support of an appeal lodged by world governing track-and-field
body IAAF against the initial two-year ban slapped on Jeptoo by
Athletics Kenya. The disgraced female marathon used performance
enhancing drugs without the knowledge of her then manager
Rosa Associati star
athletes, led by Beijing 2008 Olympics men 1500m gold winner and
three-time world champion Asbel Kiprop, celebrated the release
of their manager.
“Grateful to God. I
pray that his accusers will one day find in their hearts to
confess what their intention was. I’m sorry I said the manager
was innocent. But no one could hear me,” Kiprop wrote on his
official Facebook wall.
winning over the greatest challenge and worst experience you
ever experience. Thank God for the truth,” the Beijing 2015
world champion added in a comment to a post on the same social
media platform by his manager hailing the release.
Rosa appeared to
pardon his accusers in his lengthy post with earlier reports
suggesting he was mulling taking legal action against them for
tainting his reputation by falsely accusing him of doping
runners under his management.
“I’m sorry instead
for those little people, mediocre, who are dissatisfied with
their lives that have speculated on this matter without knowing
anything, saying to them. I don’t wish them to go through what I
went through because they don’t deserve it,” he added in a post
translated from his native Italian.
Federico, who is the
son of Rosa Associati founder and veteran manager Dr. Gabrielle
Rosa, faced six counts of charges related to doping and ruining
the reputations of two Kenyan athletes.
Initially, he was
held together with his aging father who was not charged when he
first appeared in a Nairobi court in mid July and his passport
The court allowed
Federico to travel to Brazil for the Rio Olympics.
The Rosas run three
high performance training camps in Eldoret, Kaptagat and
Kapsabet that have churned champions such as 2008 Beijing
Olympics women 1500m champion Nancy Jebet Lagat, Osaka 2007
world champion Janeth Jepkosgei, three-time London Marathon
winner Martin Lel and Kiprop among a slew of others.
The collapse of the
Federico case could have implications on the ongoing trial of
his compatriot and former employee coach Claudio Berardelli, who
is facing similar charges, alongside five locals. Beradelli’s
case will be heard on Dec. 5.