NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Athens Marathon champion Samuel Kalalei has
become the fifth elite Kenyan to be suspended for alleged doping
by the country’s Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).
Several high ranking
athletes from Kenya who have also been notified of their failed
doping tests include former Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion
Lucy Kabuu, and Asbel Kiprop, the former world 1,500m champion.
suspended by AIU pending the conclusion of their cases include
Hilary Kepkosgei Yego and Bahraini national Ruth Jebet, who
trains and lives in Kenya.
Kalalei’s sample had the presence of a Prohibited Substance (EPO)
and he has a chance to defend himself before the AIU before a
full ban is imposed.
“AIU has issued a
notice of charge against Samuel Kalalei for a violation of
Article 2.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules. The Kenyan marathon runner
is provisionally suspended from all competition,” AIU said on
Kalalei is the
defending champion for the Athens Classic Marathon, having
withstood the harsh and grueling uphill course in the Greek
Capital last November.
“In doping cases, a
provisional suspension is mandatory under the IAAF Anti-Doping
Rules following an adverse analytical finding for any
non-specified substance on the Prohibited List,” said AIU.
crossed the line in two hours, 12 minutes and 17 seconds, ahead
of Milton Kiplagat Rotich, who clocked 2:14.18, with Jonathan
Kiptoo Yego in third at 2:16.08.
This year in April,
Kalalei finished seventh at the Rotterdam marathon, however, he
was able to improve his personal best time to 2:10:44.
Kenya has dominated
the middle and long distance races but its athletes have seen
over 50 having failed doping tests in the past six years.
The IAAF has since
placed Kenya, Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine under class one
category for countries whose athletes are most likely to dope.
Now all Kenyan
athletes going for international competition will be tested
three times in the 10 months prior to world championships and