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Shieys Chepkosgei charged with forgery

Kenyan marathon runner Shieys Chepkosgei alias Hillary Kiprotich was charged on Monday (21) at the Eldoret Chief Magistrate’s Court for presenting forged post-natal discharge summary and a notification of birth to the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) that she said was issued by Uasin Gishu County Hospital.

The ADAK’s intelligence unit carried out investigation on the athlete’s documents and they found to be forged as the hospital failed to ascertain the papers.

Chepkosgei, was serving a period of ineligibility after he/she was sanctioned by the Sports Dispute Tribunal (SDT) for testing positive for a prohibited substance, presented the papers in her defense after it was realized that he/she had illegally taken part in a sporting event during the period of ineligibility which constitutes to an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) as stipulated by the World Anti-Doping Code.

Chepkosgei claimed that he/she gave birth to a baby boy through a caesarean section and had not recovered and thus could not have travelled to participate in the sporting event.

After the investigations were conducted and the papers to be found forged and this led for her/him to be arrested and arraignment in court charges were presented.

She/he pleaded not guilty and was released on bail with the case set to be mentioned on 28th March 2022.

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Whereabouts ban is an Athletes Negligence

Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) Director of Education and Research Agnes Wanjiru Mandu has warned athletes that being banned for whereabouts is a sign of negligence by an athlete and should be avoided by all means.

Mandu was speaking in Eldoret during the second series of AK/ADAK anti-doping seminar that is geared towards the preparations of this year’s World Championships.

“Whereabouts is not like an athlete has doped but it is an issue of feeding their data and it is very sad for our athletes because that is negligence,” she said.

ADAK has been collaborating with Athletics Kenya for the sake of Kenyan athletes.

“We want to make sure that our athletes are clean to avoid doping issues. Some are tested and found to have doped without their knowledge.

The rules say before a major championship; they must have been educated at least three times. Before an athlete is tested, he must be educated. After testing positive, the first question will be if they have had any education that weakens the case but when you educate them, like today and you miss because AK has given out the list, we must have had three sessions for probable’s for World championships. For those who did not show up, their case will be weakened when they are prosecuted,” she said.

The session was led by Athletics Kenya Central Rift secretary Kennedy Tanui and some of the athletes who attended were led by the 2015 Javelin World Champion-Julius Yego, Richard Yator Kimunyan 5000m specialists, Michael Kibet, Josephen Chelangat and Boaz Kiprugut.

Ferdinand Omanyala introduces the man behind his successes

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala has revealed the man behind his recent success. The National Record holder, took the title of the eight fastest man in the world in 100m after thrashing Akani Simbine’s African record at the 2nd edition of the Kip Keino Classic in that was held in September this year.

Omanyala has decided to reveal the details of his top-rated foreign manager, who also doubles up as his coach. Through his social media page, Omanyala stated that Marcel Viljoen is the man who has been pushing him to the limits.

“Despite the numerous challenges, we have truly enjoyed some incredible highlights this year. From an intense training camp in South Africa, to the Athletics Kenya Olympic trials, to the Tokyo milestones European breakthroughs, and finally, the big finish on home soil, giving me the title of the fastest man in Africa!” he praised his manager.

Marcel is an accredited Athlete Representative by World Athletics (WA) and is the founder of Fitness From Africa which is based in South Africa and has over 25 years of coaching experience.

Ferdinand Omanyala and his Manager Marcel Viljoen During Past Training Session. PHOTO: Ferdinand Omanyala

Apart from managing Omanyala, he has two more athletes under his label such as Jacent Nyamahunge from Uganda and Galaletsang Ramorwa of Russia.

Before Omanyala picked Marcel, he was under Coach Duncan Ayiemba before he was sanctioned with a 14-month ban by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).

manyala’s decision to introduce his coach comes just days after his sponsor pull out. Sports management company, DBA Africa, decided to terminate the contract with the athlete owing to different value sets represented by each faction.

“We are proud to have played a huge role in enabling him to compete around the continent resulting in attaining four qualifying times for the Tokyo Olympic Games and achieving many national records and personal best,” read part of the statement.

Two days later SNOLegal Sports & Entertainment Law announced their withdrawal of legal and advisory services offered to Omanyala.

Despite the double loss, Omanyala has maintained his silence on his next move.

Ferdinand Omanyala writes history again

Kenya’s 100m wonder boy, Ferdinand Omanyala wrote another history as he set a new national record after running the distance in less than 10 seconds.

Omanyala who is fresh from Tokyo Olympics, beat his own previous record of 10.00 seconds. When he ran in an Austria meet

Not only does he become the first Kenya to dip in under 10 seconds, he also joins an elite group of sprinters including the world’s fastest human Usain Bolt, Noah Lyles et al, to achieve that feat.

Having taken up athletics in 2016, Omanyala had taken a huge risk as he decided to abandon his rugby prospects despite having the physique for the sport. But that now looks like a risk that is paying off and thanks to his coach Duncan Ayiemba, he was able to concentrate in sprints.

His career took a minor setback in 2017 after he was sanctioned by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) on doping allegations which resulted in him being slapped with one year suspension.

ADAK Releases more names of Doping Athletes

The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has released more names of athletes suspended for using performance enhancing banned substances as the doping menace monster rears its ugly head.

The ADAK CEO Jasper Rugut, said, that the naming and shaming of the dopers will continue in earnest once the athlete has been found culpable of being involved in  the vice.

The list that was released by ADAK includes Sally Chelagat Kipyego who was found with presence of 19-norandrone in an in competition test in March 29, 2017 at the Taihu International Marathon, in China and was given a ban for four year.

Another top notch athlete that the doping hammer has hit is Edwin Kipyego who in July 2012 depleted the British 10k course record that had been set by the Ethiopian legend Haile Gebreslassie.

Kipyego was found to have used prohibited substance Erythropoietin (EPO) and was given the full sentence of four years starting from July 2017 to July 2012.

Benjamin Ngadu tested positive for the prohibited substance19- norandrosterone (anabolic steroid) on 6 June 2015 at an IAAF-sanctioned Half-Marathon in Czech Republic. The athlete was subsequently charged and was given a four year ban.

Others are,Sarah Kibet , who was found with prohibited substance predinisone and Prednisolone and was banned for two years, Lazarus Too, presence of prohibited substance Furosemide also got two years.

Nelly Jepkurui Kibet, Presence of a prohibited substance Prednisolone listed as a prohibited substance under S9 of the 2016 WADA prohibited list one year eight months

“We are in the process of releasing further  fourteen names tonight and we will continue with this till vice stops, said Rugut.


WADA to Set Up Lab in Nairobi

The first World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in East Africa will be set up in Nairobi, Kenya.

This is after The LANCET Group of Labs Received an approval from the Anti Doping watchdog from Biological Passport (ABP) blood analysis.

Nairobi will be the first city to host the lab as part of the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) doping control programme in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Eritrea.

Until now blood samples from East African athletes is flown to South Africa, Asia or Europe for testing at an approved lab within 36 hours, a tight time frame that led to the regular bending of anti-doping rules.

The lab which is scheduled to begin operations in September is expected to analyse between 800 and 1000 blood samples a year.

The laboratory in Nairobi will perform blood analyses to support the AIU’s ABP program as well as other anti-doping programs operating in the area such as that of the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).

The approval WADA is a culmination of a nine-month project initiated and funded by the AIU, with support from the International Athletics Foundation (IAF).

“From now on, the analyses of blood samples will be performed locally,” This is very timely especially in the context of next year’s IAAF World Championships in Doha,” Brett Clothier, Head of the AIU, stated.

.Clothier said this will give them more efficiency, responsiveness and less predictability in their testing programme in the region and a foothold in neighboring countries where it was extremely difficult to collect blood samples in the past.

Athletics Kenya (AK) on Monday welcomed the establishment of the lab in Nairobi for East Africa declaring it a big step in their anti-doping fight.

“This is the greatest news we have received this year, and we in Athletics Kenya are very excited about it because it will help us to effectively fight this doping effectively,” said president Jackson Tuwei at a news conference.

“WADA’s approval is a great recognition of the professional standards and skills of our facility in Nairobi,” Ahmed Kalebi of the LANCET Group of Labs East Africa said.

According to a communique from the AIU, the project engaged the services of the Centre of Research and Expertise in Anti-Doping Sciences (REDs) at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland to select a candidate laboratory in the region and then provide training and technical advice to achieve WADA’s approval.

ADAK: Mweresa failed doping test

Kenyan sprinter Boniface Mweresa has failed a doping test and been dropped from the team for the African Championships which start in Asaba, Nigeria on Wednesday, a senior official from the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has told Reuters.

Samples from Mweresa, who won silver in the 400m and gold in the 4x400m at the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville, were taken at the June 6-8 Kenya Defence Forces Championships in Nairobi and contained a banned substance, the official said on Tuesday.

The Kenyan delegation traveled to Asaba on Monday without Mweresa, who was a member of the team at the 2013 and 2017 World Championships in Moscow and London respectively and at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Gold Coast.

Mweresa, 24, could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters but the athlete told local media he was innocent and had taken supplements which he had declared to ADAK.

“Declaring that he took supplements does not make him innocent if we find banned substances in his samples,” the ADAK official, who did not wish to be identified, told Reuters.

Mweresa, who would have been a medal prospect at the African Championships in the Delta State city of Asaba, told local media he would challenge the decision at the Kenyan Sports Tribunal.

Senior officials from the country’s governing body, Athletics Kenya, have traveled to Asaba for the African Championships and could not be reached for comment.

Kenya is renowned for its middle and long distance running prowess but the east African nation’s athletes have suffered more than 50 failed doping tests in the past six years.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), an independent global body that manages all doping-related matters, said this month that Kenyan–born Olympic steeplechase champion and world record holder Ruth Jebet, who runs for Bahrain, is being investigated after returning a positive test for the blood booster EPO.

Asbel Kiprop denies doping claims

Asbel Kiprop, the former Olympic and three-time 1500m world champion, has insisted he is a “clean athlete” after reports emerged that he had failed a drugs test.

Rumours have swirled within the sport for some time that a prominent Kenyan athlete had become the latest in a growing list of the nation’s runners to fail drugs tests.

Kenyan newspaper The Standard confirmed on Wednesday morning that a Kenyan runner who had “dominated World Championships over the years” had tested positive for the performance enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) in an out-of-competition test.

Neither the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya nor Athletics Kenya have confirmed the identity of the athlete, but numerous reports named Kiprop.

“I have read the reports linking me to doping,” Kiprop told the Guardian. “As an athlete, I have been at the forefront of the fight against doping in Kenya, a fight I strongly believe in and support.

“I would not want to ruin all what I have worked for since my first international race in 2007. I hope I can prove that I am a clean athlete in every way possible.”

Kiprop won his first global title at the 2008 Beijing Olympics before completing a hat-trick of World Championship triumphs in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Expected to challenge for a fourth world title in London last summer, Kiprop faded to finish ninth in the Olympic Stadium.

Kenyan athletics has been embroiled in an increasing number of doping cases, with more than 40 athletes failing drugs tests over the past five years.

The country was declared “non-compliant” with global anti-doping regulations prior to the Rio 2016 Olympics and IAAF president Seb Coe confirmed Kenya remained on the watch-list of the Athletics Integrity Unit last November due to its number of anti-doping violations and allegations of financial impropriety among leading figures within the country’s athletics governing body.

Rio 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong had been the highest profile Kenyan to fail a drugs test when she was handed a four-year ban last year after also testing positive for EPO – her second doping violation after she had tested positive for prednisone in 2012.

Sumgong’s ban followed that of another prominent marathon runner Rita Jeptoo, who was also banned for four years after testing positive for EPO.


Asbel Kiprop fails doping test

Olympic and three times 1500m world champion Asbel Kiprop has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance.

The Kenyan, who 10 years ago beat Kiwi silver medallist Nick Willis at the Beijing Olympics, is widely regarded as the finest 1500m runner of the last decade.

Kiprop’s agent, Federico Rosa, said he was aware of the rumour but was “still trying to get confirmation”, when contacted by The Daily Mail.

However, senior athletics sources have confirmed the 28-year-old failed an out of competition test.

A report in Kenya on Tuesday said a high profile runner who has “dominated world championships over the years” was embroiled in a doping scandal.

It also claimed, while there was no confirmation from the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) or Athletics Kenya (AK), that the substance was the same blood-boosting drug used by disgraced Kenyan Jemima Sumgong.

Sumgong, who won the women’s marathon at the Rio Olympics, last year tested positive for EPO and was subsequently banned for four years.

Kenya has been stung by a rash of positive tests in recent years. Between 2012 and 2016, 40 cases were reported, including marathon gun Rita Jeptoo.

Rosa said he was fearful Kiprop had indeed tested positive.

“I recognise it’s a big story, but if it’s true it will be very sad,” he said.

Kiprop, who won his last 1500m world title in 2015, shot to prominence as a 19-year-old, when he was narrowly beaten by Rashid Ramzi at the Beijing Olympics.

However, the Bahraini runner tested positive for a modern EPO and Kiprop and Willis moved up the podium.

Kiprop has competed in the opening Diamond League event of the season, in Doha, every year since 2010, but is not listed to compete on Saturday

Fake IAAF officers took doping samples in Kenya

Russian track and field athletes may have become victims of scammers, after suspicious people posing themselves as doping control officers tested them at the training camp in Kenya.

The athletes suspect that the fake officers planned to use fabricated failed doping tests in an attempt to seek financial reward.

“On March 12 a group of people who introduced themselves as members of IDTM, a global network of Doping Control Officers, came to us to take doping tests,” Andrey Savin, the husband and coach of Russian 800-meter runner Ksenia Savina, told Match TV.

“Several aspects of their work looked very suspicious to us. First of all, an IDTM card was shown on a phone, no originals were demonstrated to us.

“Secondly, the doping collection procedure was carried out in an inappropriate way, my wife’s doping probe was shaken by an officer which is unacceptable,” he added.

Savin also noted that the athletes couldn’t refuse undergoing doping control procedure as, according to IAAF rules, “failure to comply with a request to provide a sample may result in sanction being imposed by IAAF.”

“We took pictures of all the documents and sent them to the IAAF and ADAK [Anti-doping agency of Kenya]. The Kenyan body said the man [who had taken doping tests] is unfamiliar to them adding they were unaware of any sanctioned doping controls. IAAF said they made requirements regarding the case to other doping-related bodies,” he added.

In a statement released by the ADAK, the body confirmed it received multiple complaints regarding illegal doping tests held by unauthorized doping officers in Kenya.

“Our attention has been drawn to complaints from some athletes and individuals masquerading as ADAK or International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Sample Collection Personnel (SCPs) operating within the country,” the statement reads.

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“We are reliably informed that the individuals are using the sample collection process as a conduit for reasons yet to be established.”

ADAK outlined that all SCPs are required to “appropriately introduce themselves to athletes before collecting any sample” and show their identification cards issued by the anti-doping agency.

source: rt.com