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Sprinter banished from Kenya camp for Africa Championships

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A Kenyan sprinter was expelled from the country’s squad for the Nigeria 2018 CAA Africa Championships in Athletics on Friday after reportedly failing a drug test.

The athlete reportedly returned adverse results following a test conducted by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) at a local meeting with Athletics Kenya declining to release the identity of the runner.

The yet-to-be-named sprinter has been given 21 days to respond to doping charges leveled against him in accordance to the World Anti Doping Agency Doping Control protocol.

ADAK CEO, Japhter Rugut and AK President Jackson Tuwei were not available for comment although the athlete involved who ran for Kenya at the Gold Coast 2018 and Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The short distance athlete also featured at the Barcelona 2012 IAAF World U-20 Championships and the sample that tested positive was collected at the AK National Athletics Championships in Nairobi that ran from June 21 to 23.

Kenyan athletics has been rocked by damaging doping reports with a spike in cases since 2012 that saw the country placed under the IAAF watch list in the run up to the 2016 Rio Olympics Games.

Last week, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the IAAF confirmed disciplinary hearing for Olympic and three-time world champion, Asbel Kiprop, who tested positive for blood booster rEPO following an out of competition test conducted in November last year.

Kiprop who won his last men’s 1,500m title at the Beijing 2015 worlds has strenuously denied the allegations, claiming his sample was switched while disclosing he was tipped of the test a day prior and Doping Control Officers who came to his Eldoret home demanded money.

The AIU is also pursuing a longer ban for Rio Olympic women’s marathon champion, Jemimah Sumgong, who was suspended from competition for four years by ADAK after testing positive for rEPO.

AIU also confirmed last week they had opened a fresh charge of subverting the Doping Control procedures after Sumgong who won the 2016 London Marathon lied in her defense, saying she had been injected with the banned substance at a hospital visit to treat an ectopic pregnancy.
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Kenya athletes to face more anti-doping test before global events: IAAF

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya has been ranked among risk countries with potential to its athletes taking banned doping substances and will now be watched closely by the IAAF Athletics Integrity Unit.

This comes even as another elite athlete was nabbed by Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) for violating the code and will have to miss the Africa Championships in Asaba, Nigeria as he waits his verdict and suspension for a minimum of four years.

Kenya has been placed on the watch list of four member federations alongside Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine, which pushes their risk level to high.

The four countries have been placed in Pool A by the Athletics Integrity Unit.

"This means that the national team athletes from these federations will have to undergo at least three out-of-competition doping tests in the ten months before a world championships or Olympic Games," IAAF said in a statement on Saturday.

This was part of the resolutions passed by the IAAF Council, the supreme law making body for athletics.

"The IAAF Council has also approved new regulations which will spell out the obligations of its member federations in the fight against doping," said IAAF.

Previously, the obligations under the anti-doping code were focused primarily on individuals rather than member federations.

The Athletics Integrity Unit recommended the new regulations to the IAAF as a crucial step in protecting the integrity of the sport.

The IAAF will divide member federations into three different categories which will have different obligations based on their level of success in athletics and the risk of doping.

With Kenya, Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine leading in Pool A, category B will include the other federations who are competitive at international level while category C will include federations with very few international-level athletes.

"Category A and B federations will be required to ensure athlete drug-testing plans are submitted to the IAAF before each world championships or Olympic Games," said IAAF.

Under this system, the Athletics Integrity Unit will have responsibility for monitoring and reporting breaches, but the IAAF Council will determine any sanctions.

             

 

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