Kenya’s Purity Jerono Talam has been added another four years for violating her Mandatory Provisional Suspension after being aware that she was serving a four year ineligibility ban imposed on her on 20th February 2019.
Talam knowing very well that she had been banned by Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) went ahead and participated in five races in China; 2018 National Forest City Marathon series in Sichuan Province, China, 2018 Hetao Rural Commercial Bank Bayannaoer International Marathon in Lihle, China, Harbin International Marathon in Hama, China, 2018 Mudanjiang Jingbo Lake International Marathon in China and the Haier 2019 Qingdao Marathon Marathon in China.
The 31 year-old had been banned for Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADVR). She alleges that her manager one Obed ltion, cheated her that they were going to get their money paid for previous races and all those times she ran he did not pay her. But through a letter she addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Japhter Rugut, she admitted to have participated in the said races and she was wrong and sorry.
“It is true that I participated in the 2018 National Forest City Marathon Sichuan Province China. This was due to the fact that My Manager had invited me to China to pay me my money that he had not paid me in previous races. Reaching there he requested me to participate in the Marathon and I could not resist. But it was unfortunate that after the races he could not pay me but instead he send me back home with nothing. He called me for the second time but did the same”
The panel which was made up of Mrs. Njeri Onyango as the Chair, Mr. Allan Owinyi – Member and Ms. Mary Kimani – Member, made the decision of as per the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) Article 10.12.3 the new period of Ineligibility shall be four (4 )years; ii. The period of Ineligibility shall be from 12th February 2022 the date on which the original period of Ineligibility shall end until 11th February 2026.