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Shock as another Bahrain suspended for doping Violation

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Bahraini marathon runner El Hassan El Abbassi after returning an adverse analytical finding for a homologous blood transfusion following a test at the Tokyo 2020.

The 37-year-old’s sample was collected after the Olympic marathon in Sapporo on 8th August where he finished 25th with a time of 2:15.56 in a race won Eliud Kipchoge.

Homologous blood transfusions involve someone collecting and infusing the blood of a compatible donor while autologous blood transfusions use a person’s own blood that has been stored.

The International Testing Agency (ITA), in charge of drugs testing during the Games, reported the results of the test on Aug. 15 and said that the athlete had the right to have his ‘B’ sample examined.

ITA had also suspended another Bahrainian middle distance runner Alsadik Mikhou for receiving a blood transfusion during the Tokyo Olympic Games.

El Abbassi won gold in the 10,000 metres at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea and a silver medal in the marathon four years later at Jakarta, Indonesia.

Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare and Kenyan 100m runner Mark Otieno Odhiambo were both previously suspended for drug violations.

AIU begins Doping displinary action on Mark Otieno

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has began disciplinary disciplinary proceedings against four athletes asserted to have breached anti-doping rules.

Kenya’s Mark Otieno Odhiambo, the 100m sprinter, who tested positive for a banned substance is among those being probed and suspended for the entire period of disciplinary proceedings.

“The International Testing Agency (ITA) has suspended Otieno while at the Olympics and was not allowed to take part in Olympic qualifying trials in regard to an adverse analytical finding on a urine sample he provided on 28 July 2021,” said Waithaka Kioni, Team Kenya’s head of delegation.

The 28 year-old, however, denied any knowledge of the violation and has subsequently requested a re-analysis of his B urine sample.

Odhiambo, who has a personal best of 10.05 seconds, finished second at the national trials last month.

Others who have been suspended and disolinary action being taken are Sadik Mikhou from Bahrain, Georgian record shot putter Benik Abramyan and British Olympic silver medallist Chijindu Ujah.

Mark Otieno tests positive

Kenya’s Mark Otieno Odhiambo, a 100m sprinter, has tested positive for a banned substance and will not take part in the Olympic qualifying heats on Saturday.

“We have received communication this afternoon from International Testing Agency (ITA) regarding one of our sprinters who has had an adverse analytical finding on a urine sample he provided on 28 July 2021,” said Waithaka Kioni, Team Kenya’s head of delegation.

“He has, however, denied any knowledge of the violation and has subsequently requested a re-analysis of his B urine sample,” Kioni said.

Odhiambo, who has a personal best of 10.05 seconds, finished second at the national trials last month.

ASABA 2018: Kenya settles for 4x100m bronze

Kenya won its first ever Africa 4x100m relay medal as the Kenyan quartet settled for bronze at the Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria on Friday.

The quartet of Eunice Kadogo, Millicent Ndoro, Joan Cherono and Freshia Mwangi held on for the last podium finish place relay in 45.58 seconds.

Five times Africa gold medalist Blessing Okagbare led Nigeria for the gold medal in 43.77 as Cote d’Ivoire settled for silver in 43.77.

Team Nigeria consisting of Joy Udo-Gabriel, Blessing Okagbare, Tobi Amusan and Rosemary Chukwuma got the home crowd cheering to their highest decibes as they brought home the coveted gold.

Kenya’s men’s 4x100m relay team of Peter Mwai, Mike Mokamba, Alphas Kishoyan and Mark Otieno finished fifth to go home empty handed.