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Kenyan politician calls for report into progress of anti-doping law following positive tests

A Kenyan Member of Parliament has called for a report on the anti-doping law as the country attempts to tackle a crisis following several positive tests in athletics.

Kathuri Murungi, a Member of Parliament for South Imenti, claimed an audit should take place to assess the situation.

Kenya introduced criminal laws as part of an anti-doping act back in 2016.

This included the creation of a national testing authority, Anti-Doping Kenya, while it made doping an offence which could be punished by imprisonment.

Revised legislation was published later that year after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) declared the country non-compliant.

The changes led to them being made complaint again in time for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Murungi reportedly called for the Ministry of Sport to do more to help tackle the crisis, asserting that they and Athletics Kenya need to better assess coaches for their credibility.

He also called for new policies to be introduced to boost Kenya’s reputation following the positive tests.

“The WADA has been issuing incessant sanctions to Kenya for non-compliance and delays implementing the laws pose a threat to our social co-existence and integration globally,” Murungi said, according to All-Africa.

“There are allegations that banned substances are used by athletes in the training camps and this is blamed on both local and international trainers.”

Currently, 18 Kenyans are suspended for breaches of anti-doping rules by the Athletics Integrity Unit.

This includes world 800 metres bronze medallist Kipyegon Bett, who was last week confirmed to have tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO).

Three-time Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo and Jemimah Sumgong, the Olympic marathon gold medallist at Rio 2016, are other high-profile Kenyan athletes who are currently serving suspensions for doping offences.

Reigning Olympic steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet, who now represents Bahrain but continues to train and live in Kenya where she was born, has also been suspended since February following an EPO failure.

A further four are provisionally suspended by the AIU, including Athens Marathon champion Samuel Kalalei, distance runner Lucy Wangui Kabuu and sprinter Boniface Mweresa.

A case is also pending against three-time world champion and Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medallist Asbel Kiprop after he tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test in November 2017.

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

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

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

Athletics Kenya last week announced the establishment of an Oversight Committee as they seek to tackle the spate of doping cases involving their athletes.

There was a boost earlier this week when it was confirmed that a first East African WADA accredited laboratory had been approved.

Source: insidethegames.biz

Two More Kenyan Runners Fail Doping Test

Two more Kenyan athletes are set to be banned for failing doping test. According to confidential sources, the two athletes will face a four year ban.

The breaking news comes in less than 24 hours after former world U20 800m champion Kipyegon Bett was suspended by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for failing to submit sample collection as stated in Article 2.3 in the anti-doping rules.

If the duo will be suspended they will join growing list of Kenyan runners in less than one month to face sanctions.

The duo will be number sixth and seventh Kenyan runners to be to be charged this year with a doping offence by the AIU.

 

Samuel Kalalei suspended for doping

The Athletics Integrity Unit has yet again suspended another Kenyan runner, the reigning Athens Marathon champion Samuel Kalalei.

In a ruling given today, the committee said Kalalei had tested positive for banned substance EPO and as a result was guilty of violating Article 2.1 of their anti-doping rules.

In a list provided on the Athletics Integrity Unit website, the 23 year old Kalalei has been listed as exhibiting prohibited substance in his body. The athlete has been in fine form clocking a time of 2:12:17 in the Greek capital of Athens. His fine form also saw him finish a commendable seventh given his age in Rotterdam in April in a time of 2:10.44

@AIU_Athletics has issued a Notice of Charge against Samuel Kalalei for a violation of Article 2.1 of the Rules. The is Provisionally Suspended from all competition. Find out more https://www.athleticsintegrity.org/disciplinary-process/provisional-suspensions-in-force 

 

This comes hot on the heels of Lucy Kabuu and Boniface Mweresa who have tested positive for banned substances in  span of two weeks.

We will update you on developing story as soon as we get information from the AIU.

 

 

WHO IS PROTECTING DR. GABRIELE ROSA?

Another soldier down is a common phrase among soldiers in combat use when one of them falls in battle.

This phrase aptly captures the recent doping cases involving Lucy Kabuu. Their case have one common denominator, they both hail from the Rosa and Associati camp.

One year ago we covered Dr. Gabriele Rosa in an expose detailing how his camp had over the years produced champions as well as the highest number of athletes found to have used enhancing drugs. The recent cases of Kabuu who joined Rosa’s camp in January tested positive for narcotic morphine in April. Until then, Kabuu had been an athlete competing honestly for over 15 years without any involvement with banned substances. It is not wrong to assume that her positive test can be linked to her joining the camp.

Hon. Wesley Korir former Boston Marathon champion had this to say about the latest doping scandal involving Lucy Kabuu from the Rosa camp, “I will be vindicated one day when I say that the biggest problem in Kenya doping menace is Rosa and associates and the only way to truly fight doping in Kenyans is to ban this agency from representing Kenyans. Ask when did Kabuu join this agency and immediately she is doping?

So the question to be answered is who is protecting Dr. Rosa? Why is this camp so important to Kenya despite the negative image it has painted of Kenya, a country that has been known as an athletics powerhouse but now every win is being questioned by the world?

Some of the high level names include Rita Jeptoo, Jemima Sumgong, Mathew Kisorio and Agatha Jeruto. The most recent high level athlete has been Asbel Kiprop. The coach under who these names were found to test positive for banned substances was Claudio Beraddelli.

In 2015 Athletics Kenya banned Rosa Associati and Volare Sports for six months as they investigated their roles in doping cases but were later lifted under unclear circumstances by AK.

Many questions arises about this man Dr. Rosa, how powerful is he that he manages to get his way through this doping issues? Has Athletics Kenya shielded the alleged peddlers of doping in Kenya, Rossa Associati, for a long time? Does Dr. Rosa fund Athletics Kenya? Does he have insiders at the IAAF that shield him and his athletes?

According to his website (www.rosassociati.it) the stable has 69 and 35 top notch athletes from around the world. The stable has names like Nijel Amos, Asbel Kiprop, Lonyangata Paul,Stanley Biwott,Lilesa Feyisa Gemeche,Belay Tigist Gashaw,Getent Tigest Mekonen,Yalew Genet and Jemima Sumgong just to name the few.

He has one of the biggest athletes stable in the world with the biggest names in athletics world from the likes of former world record holder and Kenya’s legend Paul Tergat to the current crop of emerging runners the likes of Tuei Sandrafelis Chebet a junior champion.

Lucy Kabuu fails doping test

The doping axe has once again fallen to 2006 Commonwealth games 10,000m gold medalist Lucy Wangui Kabuu.

Kabuu who also won bronze medal at the same games tested positive for narcotic morphine.

The 34 year-old has a personal bests of 14:33.49 minutes for the 5000 m and 30:39.96 minutes for the 10,000 m making her one of Kenya’s fastest ever runners in the events.

The Mukurweini born athlete tested positive in April this year at the EA7 Emporio Armani Milano Marathon where she came from behind to take a close win in the women’s race in 2:27:02 holding off her compatriot Vivian Jerono Kiplagat by six seconds in the final two kilometres.

Her case is coming hot on the heels of 400m champion Boniface Mweresa who tested positive a fortnight ago.

According to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), Kabuu’s suspension was effected on August 1 after her blood samples showed presence of Morphine which is a prohibited substance under Article 2.1 of the Anti Doping rules.
“@AIU_Athletics has issued a Notice of Charge against Lucy Wangui for a violation of Article 2.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules.
The Kenyan marathon runner is has been Provisionally Suspended from all competition,” a statement on the AIU official twitter feed said on Friday afternoon.

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.

Mweresa Expelled for Doping

African Games 400m silver medallist Boniface Mweresa has been expelled from Team Kenya camp from the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Nigeria for testing positive of banned substances.

Mweresa, was given marching orders by Athletics Kenya (AK) to leave the training camp on Thursday testing positive to doping tests carried out by Anti-Doping Agency (ADAK).

The fate of the disgraced sprinter is now in the hands of Athletics Kenya (AK) expected to handle Mweresa’s case in accordance with the anti-doping law.

Mweresa who managed to reach the semifinals at the 2017 World Championships held in London, the UK in 45:93 seconds was a member of Team Kenya for the Africa Senior Athletics Championships scheduled for August 1st-8th in Asaba, Delta State in Nigeria.

Mweresa is best remembered for anchoring Kenya to clinch the 2015 All Africa Games 4 X 400m relay by staving off rivalry from three times and Commonwealth Games 400m champion Botswana’s anchor Isaac Makwala.

The Kenya 4 X 400m team brought down the curtain on the athletic program at the 2015 All African games in dramatic fashion, holding off a strong Botswana team. In the process they set a new games record of 3:00.34 courtesy of Mweresa’s anchor leg.

Mweresa’s personal bests in the event (400m) are 45.01 seconds outdoors (Brazzaville 2015) and 46.33 seconds indoors (Portland, USA 2016).

The 24 year old, sprinter was busted a few days after Kenyan elite athletes including three times World metric mile champion Asbel Kiprop and Bahrain’s Kenyan born Olympic champion Ruth Chebet are facing disciplinary proceedings for doping.