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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.