Dr. Mica Biwott has been cited by the Anti-doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) for admitting and injecting doping supplements among athletes.
The anti-doping crusader has exposed the doctor following the ten year ban of Titus Ekiru for violating anti-doping rules.
Ekiru was found guilty for the use of Prohibited Substance, (Triamcinolone Acetonide and metabolite; Pethidine and metabolite) and for Tampering, which is a violation of the World Anti-doping rules.
The Adak officers who have been on an intensive investigation unearthed Ekiru’s collusion with a senior Dr Micah Kipleting Biwott, at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital in Nandi County which is fully owned by the county government for colluding with Ekiru who gave conflicting explanations and supporting documentation for the Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs), which he contended stemmed from prescribed medications for injury treatments.
Dr. Biwott, on two occasions (29 April 2021 and 6 May 2021), said that the athlete received injections of triamcinolone acetonide during undocumented hospital visits.
In relation to the second AAF, there was a third undocumented hospital treatment on 19 November 2021, during which Ekiru received a pethidine injection and meperidine (pethidine) tablets for acute pain.
The senior doctor claimed Ekiru’s visits were unrecorded by the hospital as “the athlete had attended early in the morning, before the registration offices had opened.”
Ekiru said he received an outpatient number and card on his first visit on 29 April which he subsequently used on his second visit (6 May), but hospital documents obtained by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) revealed that the outpatient number was not issued to Ekiru until 16 June 2021; the one occasion on which the hospital confirmed Ekiru’s attendance as an outpatient.
Adak officials who were on a mission to find the culprit, pinned down the Nandi County Director of Medical Services (name withheld) who in the long gave damning testimony which congealed the case against Ekiru with a series of damning conclusions – while also exposing the complicity of the Dr. Biwott.
The County Director of Medical Services narrated how Ekiru’s documents were forged as he conspired to conceal evidence.
The director said that outpatient number given to Ekiru was not issued until 16 June 2021, any medical documents for his alleged treatment on 29 April 2021 and 6 May 2021 were produced on or after 16 June 2021 and were back-dated, that the hospital in question had never stocked triamcinolone cetonide or meperidine tablets (the latter never having been purchased by the County Government for distribution to any hospital in the County), that the hospital Pharmacy Registers showed that no triamcinolone etonide or pethidine had been dispensed on the relevant dates and that the hospital Injection Register had been manipulated to include a reference to an injection of pethidine given to Ekiru on 19 November 2021.
The AIU Chair David Howman while revealing this damning report said, “The outcome in this case is testimony to the collaboration between the AIU and ADAK, but even more so to the important co-operation from the most senior medical official of the Nandi County Government who provided significant evidence needed to ascertain the truth in this case and uncover the complicity of a senior doctor working in one of the County hospitals.”
“Government officials are now working alongside ADAK and the AIU to uncover doping in Kenyan athletics and expose the networks that may be involved. For athletes involved in doping and the entourage, who assist them, there is one strong message from this case – there is nowhere to hide,” concluded Howman.