After winning doping case against the Anti-Doping Agency Kenya (ADAK), former world junior 1,500m champion Kumari Taki has says that senior testing officer Mary Nyokabi Kairu should be fired.
Taki, who over the weekend won the case, said that Kairu lied to the court by giving false information to the Sports Tribunal Court.
He says that in her statement during the court proceeding that her scope of work was to gather information, implement the annual test distribution plan and I also assist to manage the Registered Testing Pool (RTP).
“I also work as a Doping Control Officer (DCO) and identify athletes selected for doping control process, by collecting urine and blood samples from selected athletes, arranging and maintaining an appropriate Doping Control Station (DCS), implementing the Doping Control Process, gathering intelligence, and writing reports post sample collection,” she tested.
Taki who talked exclusively to athletics.co.ke stated: “First of all I want MARY KAIRU fired. She lied to the court giving false witness that I was flagged off in 2016 when I won world the title. At that time I had been tested by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) and the results in my Administration and Management System (ADAMS) were negative,” said Taki.
He says that on 22nd of June 2022, she planned for an out-of-competition test for one Taki. Previous samples collected from the athlete dating back to July 2016 had been flagged by the Athlete Passport Management Unit (APMU) as suspicious, which according to SDT ruling that was made two weeks ago did not hold water and was terminated in its entirety.
The 2016 world U20 1500m champion, who was unceremoniously shown the door from the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham for the presence of Prohibited Substance, a violation of Article 2.1 of the ADAK ADR S2, a Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics/erythropoietin (EPO) a Non-Specified Substance and which attracts a period of ineligibility of four years, now demands the firing of the Kairu for false witness when she said that he was flagged off in 2016.
While submitting his evidence to the panel, Taki said that the offending sample collected on 22nd June, 2022 did not return any positive results for masking agents. The athlete was tested again on 25th June, 2022 which was 2 days after the adverse samples were collected and the results returned negative.
“I suffered a global embarrassment and shame as I’m a professional athlete competing at both local and international level since the year 2015. I have never failed to avail myself to the Anti-doping agency to be tested. I will not rest until the firing of the said DCO by Adak and reprimanded for the actions that has costed my life,” he said.
“Just imagine, Kairu giving the court false statement that she collected samples from me in 2017 which I didn’t even have an account until I was suspended without any prove… nikasema hio ilikuwa ni fixing nitakuwa nakosea?” stated frustrated Taki.
The 24 year-old will sue Kairu for damages and psychological torture and benefits he has incurred during his time of being out of active racing