Over the past few years, Kenya’s athletes have come under increasing scrutiny over doping allegations and with over 40 athletes so far found to have been guilty of the offence, the trend is indeed worrying.
The positive testing of EPO on Jemima Sumgong spells yet another stain on an otherwise enviable era of exploits,on the global athletics arena.
The allure for riches in the blink of an eye is pushing more and more athletes to abuse these substances and it will be long before we see the likes of Paul Tergat and et al that made the country proud without ever being accused of such ignominies.
Our investigative team has come under crucial information that the IAAF has close to 57 Kenyan athletes under investigation for related doping offences and surprisingly Sumgong was on this watch list. Some of the athletes who are under investigation are top notch athletes and it’s only a matter of time before the chicken comes home to roost on an inept anti-doping environment in the country.
Kenya is the most tested country by anti-doping officials and such a high number being allegedly under investigation puts the country’s reputation as an athletic powerhouse at risk.
Below tables explains the number of times Kenyan athletes have been tasted both the urine and blood.
The data scene by our investigation team reveals the number of athletes who are being tested and the kind of testing being done. Some of the test include the standard urine sample and blood-test which all form part of the out of competition testing. It is during such a test that Sumgong was found to have tested positive for the banned substance EPO.
The table below shows the leading country with tests done on their athletes and from it you will find out that Kenya is the leading Nations with tested athletes for Urine and Blood.
Jemima did Kenya proud by not only winning the only medal by a female in the 2016 marathon race in Rio, but also doing it style having fallen during the race. Indeed, her victory could not better exemplify the fighting Kenyan spirit and the whole nation swelled in joy as she gallantly crossed the finish line towards a golden glory.
But a dark cloud now hangs with the testing of positive on her ‘A’ sample, in the out of competition testing by IAAF, one cannot fail to ask if her Rio win was legitimate. Secondly, how deep is the rot of doping among Kenya athletes. Was this another isolated case or is a pattern emerging.
Not to insinuate anything, but it is important to note that Rita Jeptoo who is undergoing a 4 year ban for testing positive for EPO were all being managed by the same stable of Rosa…
Jeptoo and Sumgong have one common denominator; an Italian agent, Federico Rosa, who was charged with administering performance-enhancing drugs at the time of Sumgong’s Olympic race. Although his charges were dropped still something is not right as it were.
In 2012 during the Boston marathon time frame, Sumgong tested positive for the banned substance predisposition, which is used to reduce inflammation, after she finished second in a Kenyan podium sweep. Athletics Kenya,duly banned her for two years, but the decision was reversed by the IAAF, after ruling that she had received a legal injection for an injury and properly declared it on her doping control form.
In this three part series …we shall tell you what criteria are used by the IAAF to put an athlete on its suspicion list and we shall also look at Agents and their role in doping… we shall explore on some of the highlighted athletes by IAAF as we seek to get the truth and people behind this menace.