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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

Dope Cheat Busted: Vincent Kipchirir 4-Year Ban Upheld

The four-year ban for marathoner Vincent Chepsiror Kipchirir was upheld on Thursday night, becoming the latest Kenyan athlete to be caught in the web of a crisis that threatens to disparage the integrity of the respected distance running nation.

According to the latest sanctions for doping and non-doping violations released by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), the 31 year-old Kipchirir failed an ‘in competition test’ at the Polokwane Mayors Marathon in South Africa on April 30, 2016.

He is banned from competition from November 12, 2016 until November 11, 2020 having been disqualified from running on the day of his infraction.

Kipchirir is largely unheralded in his nation, having made estimated earnings of USD20, 935 (KSh2.107m) from the sport according to the Association of Road Running Statisticians who credited him with 18 career wins largely from small races.

On the material day, Kipchirchir ran 2:23:02 for to cut the tape ahead of local favourite Maputo Lotendo (2:25:54) in first place but his subsequent suspension now sees him stripped of that title.

He ran his career best over the ultimate distance of 2:13:04 in Bonn, Germany in 2008.

Earlier this week, the AIU the independent body which is mandated by world governing body, the IAAF to take charge of the doping control process announced that the first World Anti-Doping Agency accredited lab in East Africa would start operating in September.

Critical step 

The facility serving Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Eritrea is seen as a critical step towards fighting the vice that has spiked to endemic levels in the region particularly in the former nation where over 60 runners have fallen foul of doping violations.

While Kipchirchir’s bust will not set pulses racing, Kenyans are waiting in bated breath for the Disciplinary Tribunal hearing for Beijing 2008 Olympics and three-time men 1500m champion, Asbel Kiprop.

AIU confirmed in May that the three-time World Cross champion had tested positive for banned blood booster, EPO and earlier this week, he posted a sordid video on social media featuring him in a compromising position with the wife of his friend and pacemaker, Andrew Rotich.

According to a flurry of social media posts between the erstwhile friends turned bitter love rivals traded accusations with Kiprop alleging Rotich set him up with the AIU, taking his revenge by exposing the affair with his wife.

Before that, Kiprop has strenuously protested his innocence and his hearing is set for London on September 25 having been provisionally suspended pertain to an out of competition test at his home in November last year.

World Championships men 800m bronze winner, Kipyegon Bett, 2006 Commonwealth women 10,000m champion, Lucy Wangui Kabuu and Samuel Kalalei are other Kenyan athletes charged alongside Kiprop in the last two months for dope-related offenses.

Bett faces two charges, finding of EPO in his system from a test conducted in June and evading Doping Control Officers twice.

AIU is also seeking to extend the four year ban meted on women’s Olympics marathon champion, Jemimah Jelagat Sumgong after accusing him of lying over the source of the EPO that saw her handed a four-year ban last year.

Source: sportpesanews.com

 

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.

 

 

KENYA ON MOST AT RISK OF DOPING – IAAF

Kenya has been ranked the top most country likely to dope according to the IAAF. This negative ranking has come in the wake of high ranking athletes testing positive for various banned substances.

The top-tier athletes have included Asbel Kiprop who is the most recent high ranking athlete to test positive.

The 1500m Olympic champion and world champion, Rita Jeptoo the 3 time Boston marathon and course record holder, Jemimah Sumgong, Shieys Jepkosgei, Ken Kirui, and Sharon Ndinda Muli. Florence Chepsoi and Joseph Kariuki Gitau

Kenya is also ranked besides Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine. IAAF President Sebastian Coe said that the governing council has approved new regulations which spell out regulations for member states on how they can fight against doping.

Under existing regulations the burden was previously under the Anti-doping code and was focused on individuals as opposed to member states. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) recommended a raft of new regulations that will shift the burden to member federations and help clean up and shore up integrity in the sport.

The IAAF will divide member federations into three categories “which will have different obligations based on their level of success in athletics and the risk of doping”.

The current watch list of four member federations – Kenya, Ethiopia, Belarus and  Ukraine – will be folded into Category A, which will include those member federations considered “most at risk of doping”. The national team athletes from these federations will have to undergo at least three out-of-competition doping tests in the 10 months before a world championships or Olympic Games.

The second Category B will include the other Federations who are competitive at international level, while Category C will include Federations with very few international-level athletes.

Category A and B Federations will be required to ensure athlete drug-testing plans are submitted to the IAAF before each world championships or Olympic Games.

This new measures will either make Kenya get rid of dishonest athletes who are bringing the country much disrepute while ensuring athletes compete honestly.