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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

Kipyegon Bett will Loose World Championship Medal if confirmed positive

Reigning world 800m bronze medalist Kipyegon Bett is poised to loose his medal to Briton Kyle Langford in the championships held last year in England.

Bett, the former world under 20 800m champion has tested positive for the banned blood booster Erythropoeitin (EPO).

If his positive test is confirmed, Bett will join a growing list of Kenya athletes to have flouted anti-doping rules. The Milan marathon winner Lucy Kabuu tested positive for morphine earlier this month. Samuel Kalalei, the winner of Athens marathon last November, also tested positive for EPO on 4 June.

Kenyan-born Bahraini runner Ruth Jebet, the 2016 Rio Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion, and former Olympic and three-times world 1,500m champion, Asbel Kiprop, were suspended after their samples tested positive for EPO in February.

Other previous high profile Kenyan athletes who failed dope tests are 2016 Olympics marathon winner Jemima Sumgong and former Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo.

Kipyegon Bett tests positive for EPO

world 800m bronze medallist, Kipyegon Bett has tested positive for banned blood booster Erythropoeitin (EPO), Athletics Kenya officials said on Friday.

Athletics Kenya Executive member Barnabas Korir, said they had received notification from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Thursday that the 20-year-old had submitted a positive sample.

The AIU handles integrity and doping issues for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Should Bett’s B sample match his A sample, he will face a ban from the sport. He is already serving a provisional suspension for failing to submit to sample collection on August 15th.

“We had submitted defence for the case of ‘refusing or failing to submit to sample collection’ by today’s deadline. But last night, we received another notification about the new (EPO) case,” Korir explained.

“We have kicked off due process, accorded to every athlete as per the rules set by AIU. If the second test confirms the first one, then the athlete will have to face full consequences of the (anti-doping) law,” he said.

If his positive test is confirmed, Bett will join a growing list of Kenyan athletes to have flouted anti-doping rules. Milan Marathon winner Lucy Kabuu tested positive for morphine earlier this month. Samuel Kalalei, winner of Athens Marathon last November, also tested positive for EPO on June 4th.

Kenyan-born Bahraini runner Ruth Jebet, the 2016 Rio Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion, and former Olympic and three-times world 1,500m champion, Asbel Kiprop, were suspended after their samples tested positive for EPO in February.

Other previous high profile Kenyan athletes who failed dope tests are 2016 Olympics marathon winner Jemima Sumgong and former Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo.



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.

Sebastian Coe says doping revelations are an ’embarrassment’ for athletics

Lord Coe admits the news that 109 athletes and coaches are facing disciplinary action for alleged doping is embarrassing but he welcomes the transparency in the matter.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced the news on Friday, with Olympic steeplechase champion and world record-holder Ruth Jebet among those included on the first list of provisional suspensions.

Of the 109 cases, the AIU said they relate to 103 ‘elite-level international athletes’ who have won 85 Olympic and world championship medals between them.

Set up last year as a response to the sport’s corruption and doping crisis, the AIU has now committed to a new public disclosure policy, which means the basic details of any disciplinary action it takes will be revealed online and via Twitter, with updates as each case proceeds.

Previously, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and more recently the AIU, only disclosed cases when the entire process, including any appeal, was over.

However, from now on the AIU will publish the details of a case as it moves through five key phases: provisional suspension, cases pending a first disciplinary hearing, first hearing decision, appeals and finally appeal decisions.

Responding to the figures, IAAF president Coe told BBC 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme: ‘It’s too many. But let’s be clear, under the old system you wouldn’t be asking that question. We wouldn’t know the number, we wouldn’t know where we were in that process.

So it’s good that we are transparent about the challenge, we are not skirting the challenge. I’d rather face the embarrassment of facing the question than the genteel decline and obfuscation of the sport.

‘We’ve covered a lot of ground and I am delighted with the work the AIU has undertaken. They have gone for top athletes. These are serious offences.

‘We had a very good example of how long this process can take when we celebrated the reallocation of the 4 x 400m medalists from the Beijing (Olympic) Games just at the Anniversary Games in London yesterday – that’s taken eight years.

‘So it’s transparent and we absolutely believe it’s a credit to the work that’s gone into the integrity unit and we are leading the way on this.

‘It’s important to separate the clean athletes from a tainted system. We are absolutely clear the major burden of the challenge is to protect the clean athletes.

‘Not just to weed out the cheats but to protect those young athletes who devote half their young lives to the sport in a landscape where they know we will be on their side.’

Chepkoech thrashes women’s steeplechase world record

Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech smashed the world record in the women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase at the Monaco Diamond League meeting that was held in Monaco, Italy.

The 27 year-old, broke the previous record of 8:52.78 that was set in 2016 by Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet after breaking clear 2,000 metres lead to go ahead in an astonishing speed to cut the tape in new world record of 8:44.32.

“I am so grateful,” Chepkoech told reporters. “I said from the beginning, from the first lap, and I was watching the time, and I knew I was going to break the world record.”

Jebet was named today by the Athletics Integrity Unit among more than 100 athletes and coaches facing disciplinary proceedings for doping offences.

It also bettered the 8:58.78 set in Eugene last year by Chepkoech’s 19-year-old compatriot Celliphine Chespol, who was on her shoulder halfway through this race but, after a heavy fall, slipped back to a tenth place finish in 9:12.05.

United State’s Courtney Frerichs, surprise world silver medallist last year behind compatriot Emma Coburn, made the most of the fabulous pace by pushing to the line for second place in an area record of 9:00.85, with 2015 world champion Hyvin Kiyeng from Kenya crossing the line third in 9:04.41.

BREAKING NEWS: Ruth Jebet faces disciplinary proceedings for doping

World 3000m steeplechase record holder and Olympic gold medallist Ruth Jebet is among more than 100 track and field athletes and coaches who are facing disciplinary proceedings for doping offences, the Athletics Integrity Unit has announced.

The 21-year-old Jebet, who competes for Bahrain and who was hailed as “Golden Ruth” when she won the women’s 3,000m steeplechase at Rio Olympics, had tested positive for the blood booster EPO.

This is the first official confirmation that disciplinary proceedings are being pursued, this follows the introduction of a new public disclosure policy by the Athletics Integrity Unit to protect the integrity and reputation of the sport of athletics by prioritizing transparency with regards to its operations and handling of cases.

Another Kenyan turned Bahrain, Violah Jepchumba, who ran the third-fastest half-marathon in history, is also mentioned on the list. It is also been revealed that the 27 year-old is fighting a four-year ban for doping offences.

Chepkoech to attempt steeplechase world record at Monaco Diamond League

Olympian Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya says she is strong enough to make an attempt on the 3,000m steeplechase world record at the Monaco Diamond League in July.

The Shanghai champion is the fourth woman in the world to have run below the nine minute mark time in the 3,000m steeplechase.

At the meeting in Shanghai, she won the event in a time of 9:07.27, synonymous with the best performance in the world this year.

The Kenyan holds a personal best time of 8:59.84 from Zurich in 2017 and knows she is close to chasing the world record.

The Commonwealth Games steeplechase silver medalist clocked a world-leading time in Shanghai Diamond League edging out compatriot Norah Jeruto to the title.

“I have had mixed results this season because we started too early. I missed the medal at the World Indoor in Birmingham in March but bounced back to win silver at the Commonwealth Games, which to many fans was a disappointment because Jamaican won the race,” said Chepkoech on Friday in Nairobi.

The 27-year-old has also come close to winning medals at the London World Championships and the Olympics in Rio, finishing fourth on both occasions.

She feels energized to chase the world record this year with the Africa Championships in Asaba, Nigeria on August 1-5 being the only top competition remaining.

“The Diamond League will have no pressure as I expect to run fast with worries about the world championships. Monaco will be ideal ground to run world record and I believe have the potential to do just that,” she added.

Organizers are anticipating both a world record and course record. Moroccan Habiba Ghribi holds the event record at 9:11.28 from 2015 while Bahraini Ruth Jebet is the world record holder at 8:52.78 set in Paris 2016.

World champion Mutaz Barshim is one of five winners from the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha whose participation in Monaco has been confirmed.

Winner of the Diamond League in 2017 and silver medalist at the last World Championships Timothy Cheruiyot will also run in Monaco.

Cheruiyot will compete in Eugene, Oregon in the United States this Saturday against world champion Elijah Manangoi.


Report: Ruth Jebet fails doping test

Ruth Jebet, the reigning Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion and world record holder, has become the highest-profile Kenya-born athlete to become embroiled in a drug-testing scandal.

Although the news has not yet been confirmed, a number of prominent sources have suggested Jebet has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, believed to be the blood booster EPO.

The Athletics Integrity Unit, which processes all doping tests in track and field, said it was unable to confirm the result of any tests under the World Anti-Doping code. Meanwhile, Jebet’s agent, Marc Corstjens, said he had not heard any news of a positive tests. “Honestly I am surprised and shocked. I am absolutely not aware of anything. I tried to reach Ruth but her phone is not answering. I have absolutely no official information.”

The 21-year-old is seen as one of athletic’s brightest stars having won a stunning gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics before shattering the world record while still a teenager. She is also a controversial figure in Kenya, having switched allegiances to run for Bahrain after being approached as a 16-year-old and promised a full scholarship to take an animal health degree in the country.

Yet with Jebet spending most of her time training in Kenya, this may raise more questions about how many of the country’s athletes are clean – and whether enough is being done by the authorities to find out.

Between 2011 and 2016, more than 40 athletes from Kenya failed doping tests, including Rita Jeptoo, the three‑times Boston marathon champion, who was given a four-year ban after testing positive for EPO in 2014.

Last year Jeptoo’s former training partner, the Olympic and London marathon winner Jemima Sumgong, was also banned for four years after her claim she was taking EPO for an ectopic pregnancy was rejected.

Yet if Jebet’s failed test is confirmed it will be a bigger shock still. When she took gold in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase at Rio in 8:59:75 – at that point the second-fastest time in history – she was hailed as “Golden Ruth”, although she was greeted with boos in her homeland because she beat Kenya’s Hyvin Jepkemoi into second.

It emerged the Bahrain government had paid Jebet a $500,000 bonus for her Olympic success. By contrast David Rudisha, who won the 800m in Rio in a Kenyan vest, received $10,000 from his government.

Two years ago Kenya was deemed “non-compliant” by Wada but it was reinstated before the Rio Olympics. However, many athletes have suggested not enough is done to test athletes training in the country. The Canadian runner Reid Coolsaet said in 2016: “Kenyan-style anti-doping test. Notify us the night before. One-hour drive to test site at 5am. Many Olympic medallists in house. It was an IAAF accredited test. Procedures are far from what I’m used to in Canada.”

In 2013 another high-profile Kenyan, Matthew Kisorio, told the German broadcaster ARD he took illegal drugs “because everyone told me, I wasn’t the only one – and none of the others got caught for doping”.

He added: “I know a lot of medical substances are used, which are injected straight to the blood for the body to have more oxygen. And when you run, you run so smooth. You have more stamina.”

Source: theguardian.com