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Kenya might be banned tomorrow by World Athletics

Kenya might be suspended from ALL Athletics activities tomorrow (Friday, 25) by the World Athletics (WA) and Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) due to that rampant doping cases that have engulfed the country this year by Kenyan runners.

Our source a senior official at Athletics Kenya, on condition of anonymity request told Athletics.co.ke, “From where I seat and the information am getting directly from AIU top officials, it’s a done case.” We are at their mercies as from now and we should prepare ourselves for the worse which is being suspended for a minimum of two years or a maximum of three years, so that we can put our house in order,” he said.

The senior official said that there are many top elite athletes that AIU is on their radar and soon they will be unmasked and this will be the end of their running careers.

“Many athletes and the country at large will be affected and it will be an expensive affair that will cost jobs and many lives will be affected directly and indirectly,” he said.

This year alone the country has had 17 athletes sanctioned by AIU for a range of doping violations with eight athletes currently on provisional suspensions, with the outcomes of their cases pending.

The newly appointed cabinet secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts, Ababu Namwamba, has been vocal on the intentions that government is going to take in the fight against the doping menace, “We are going to criminalise doping to levels you cannot imagine. We are going to be very, very harsh.

Ten Kenya athletes have tested positive since last year, for a banned substance called triamcinolone Acetonide, while two others from other nations tested positive for the same substance.

“It is a synthetic corticosteroid medication administered through injection into joints to treat various joint conditions. It is also used topically to treat various skin conditions, such as relieving the discomfort of mouth sores,” he said.

The late Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat in 2015, suspended Rosa Associati management stable run by Dr. Gabrielle Rosa and Gerard Van de Veen of Volare Sports.

Athletes who have been banned at Rosa stable include, three-time Boston marathon winner Rita Jeptoo, two-time world champion Asbel Kiprop and the 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong while at Volare Sports include Wilson Kipsang.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) now World Athletics included the distance-running superpower on a list of nations most at risk of doping in July 2018.

It came as part of new regulations by the WA Council put more responsibility on National Federations to deal with the problem.

Kenya is among four countries included in Category A – member federations the World Athletics believe are most likely to have doping problems – along with Ethiopia, Belarus, hosts of next year’s European Games, and Ukraine.

Athletics Kenya staring a ban

Athletics Kenya, athletes and athletic fans will be waiting patiently when World Athletics (WA) and Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) will be making an announcement whether Kenya will be struck off from competing in international events next season due to rampant doping cases reported by Kenyan runners.

With alarming doping cases reported in the country with top brass athletes, from track to field and road running, the country may face suspension or a ban for a period of time in order to put their house in order.

Our source, on anonymity request told Athletics.co.ke said: “ From the look of things its just a matter of when, because where we are now is at a danger zone. We may be suspended by AIU this year and this week might be the much awaited announcement. We pray that we be given time because of the efforts we and the Govrnment have put in to fight this menance,” he said.

He said that there are many top elite athletes that AIU is on their radar and soon they will be unmasked and this will be the end of their running careers.

“Many athletes and the country at large will be affected and it will be an expensive affair that will cost jobs and many lives will be affected directly and indirectly,” he said.

This year alone the country has had 17 athletes sanctioned by AIU for a range of doping violations with eight athletes currently on provisional suspensions, with the outcomes of their cases pending.

The newly appointed cabinet secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts, Ababu Namwamba, has been vocal on the intentions that government is going to take in the fight against the doping menace, “We are going to criminalise doping to levels you cannot imagine. We are going to be very, very harsh.

Ten Kenya athletes have tested positive since last year, for a banned substance called triamcinolone Acetonide, while two others from other nations tested positive for the same substance.

“It is a synthetic corticosteroid medication administered through injection into joints to treat various joint conditions. It is also used topically to treat various skin conditions, such as relieving the discomfort of mouth sores,” he said.

Senate majority leader Aron Cheruiyot is proposing a stringent measure to curb doping menace in the country to ensure that Kenyans run clean and regain the global reputation the country has been enjoying.

“Doping is one of the biggest issues that the new CS has to deal with, the fact that we reach a point where all our athletes will be screened more thoroughly than anybody else in the world. It is very terrible because it means that the glory that Kenya has enjoyed will be put in question and doubt because the world will see us as good at doping. That is really unfortunate,” said Cheruiyot.

The late Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat in 2015, suspended Rosa Associati management stable run by Dr. Gabrielle Rosa and Gerard Van de Veen of Volare Sports.

Athletes who have been banned at Rosa stable include, three-time Boston marathon winner Rita Jeptoo, two-time world champion Asbel Kiprop and the 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong while at Volare Sports include Wilson Kipsang.

He said that the CS should also take on the agents in the country who are misleading young athletes by trying to show them the easier way into the global stage yet it is known that there are no easier routes to success and one has to sweat it out.
“As a country, we must re-register afresh these agents. Those that have been found to have athletes that have doped must be banned from this country because those are the people responsible for the mess that we find ourselves in,” he said.

Teddy Tamgho banned for one year by AIU

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned France’s Teddy Tamgho for one year for the Violation of the Prohibition of Participation during Ineligibility which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 2013 World Triple Jump champion has been bans takes effect from 18 March 2015and his results from 18 March 2015 until 17 March 2016 stand disqualified.

Gloria Kite among nine athletes sanctioned by ADAK

The Anti-doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has released names of nine athletes who have been sanctioned and some banned for life.

According to the standardmedia.co.ke Adak has not released the names of the affected athletes to the public but they exclusively shared with media house the list of the nine athletes under provisional suspensions.

The nine athletes include:

  1. Teddy Otengo Osok                   (from March 1, 2022)
  2. Keli Everlyne Symbua               (from May 29, 2022)
  3. Phenus Kipleting                       (from March 31, 2022)
  4. Vincent Kiplangát Koskei         (from July 25, 2022)
  5. Perister Morangi                         (July 7, 2022)
  6. Stellah Barsosio Chepngétich  (from March 1, 2022)
  7. Eric Kumari Taki                          (already sanctioned by Athletics Integrity Unit)
  8. Gloria Kite                                    (from September 2, 2022).

Keneth Renju banned for five years

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned Keneth Kiprop Renju for five years for the presence/use of a prohibited substance (Methasterone) which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 25 year-old, beat a strong rich field in April this year at the Kenya National Championships, that included Abraham Longosiwa, former Olympics silver medallist Paul Tanui and Japan based athlete Wesley Kimutai.

Renju who is also the reigning Prague Half Marathon and Lisbon Half marathon ban starts from 13 May 2022 and his results disqualified from March 20, 2022.

Natalya Antyukh stripped off the Olympic 400m hurdles title

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned Natalya Antyukh of Russia for the use of a Prohibited Substance/Method which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 41 year-old was stripped of her 2012 Olympic silver medal in the 4×400 relay by the IOC in 2017 because the Russian team was disqualified after doping was found in the samples of runner Antonina Krivoshapka.

In April 2021, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) disqualified Antyukh for four years for anti-doping rule violations. The period of the athlete’s suspension is counted from April 7, 2021. The results has been disqualified from June 30, 2013.

Last year, Antyukh was banned four years in a doping case related to evidence from the 2016 McLaren report on Russian doping. Her results from July 2013 through December 2015 were also stripped. She last competed in 2016, according to World Athletics. In the 2012 Olympic 400m hurdles final, Antyukh, then 31, lowered her personal best by 22 hundredths of a second to hold off Lashinda Demus by seven hundredths for the gold medal.

Fernanda Maita banned for three years

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has banned Fernanda Maita of Venezuela for three for the Presence/Use of a Prohibited Substance (Ostarine), which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 19 year-old who is a four time Venezuela National Women’s Triple Jump was busted in  Cali when he provided the urine Sample In-Competition test that turned positive during the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships.

The ban commences on 21 September 2022 (the date of Provisional Suspension); and disqualification of the Athlete’s results at the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships and since 6 August 2022, with all resulting Consequences, including the forfeiture of any titles, awards, medals, points prizes and appearance money.

Maita has accepted the above Consequences for her Anti-Doping Rule Violations and has expressly waived her right to have those Consequences determined by the Disciplinary Tribunal at a hearing.

Marius Kipserem banned for three years for doping

Double Rotterdam marathon champion Marius Kipserem has been banned for three years by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for the Presence/Use of a Prohibited Substance (EPO), which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

Kipserem was nabbed by the AIU officials on On 17 August 2022, where he provided his urine Sample Out-Of-Competition test in Kapsabet, Kenya, which gave a positive result which he had earlier denied but on 11 October 2022 he expressly confirmed in writing that he admitted the Anti-Doping Rule Violations and accepted the Consequences.

Kipserem who paced Eliud Kipchoge at the Ineos 1:59 Challenge has had his results disqualified from August 17, 2022.

The Kenyan who had fully recovered from an accident after his car had rolled when he was going to pick his kids from School in February this year, had bounced back on the roads after his running legs were not badly hurt.

The 34 year-old who is the 2018 Abu Dhabi marathon champion, is credited in winning the Rotterdam marathon twice, Hefei Marathon and competing at Milan, London and many marathons across the world.

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Keneth Renju suspended for doping

The Kenya National 10,000m Champion, Keneth Kiprop Renju has been suspended indefinitely by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for the Presence/Use of a Prohibited Substance (Methasterone), which is a breach of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The 25 year-old, beat a strong rich field in April this year at the Kenya National Championships, that included Abraham Longosiwa, former Olympics silver medallist Paul Tanui and Japan based athlete Wesley Kimutai.

Renju is also the reigning Prague Half Marathon and Lisbon Half marathon.