Former world junior 1,500m champion Kumari Taki lost millions of shillings during his one year stay out of active running due to the ban that had been imposed on him by the Anti-doping Agency of Kenya (Adak).
Taki, who won his doping case two weeks ago blamed all tribulations to Adak’s senior testing officer Mary Nyokabi Kairu whom he has demanded to be fired to lying to court by giving false information to the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) Court.
Taki who was unceremoniously shown the door from the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham for the presence of Prohibited Substance, a violation of Article 2.1 of the ADAK ADR S2, a Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics/erythropoietin (EPO) a Non-Specified Substance and which attracts a period of ineligibility of four years, has exclusively revealed to athletics.co.ke, the millions of Kenyan shillings that he lost during his suspension period.
“I had contract with Nike of $75,000 (kshs 10,840,861.74) plus bonuses if I qualify for the world championships (Budapest),” said Taki.
“I participated in six races that included Hengelo Gold Tour, Montreal Gold tour, Ostrava Gold tour and Paris Diamond League, which I won but lost the winning money since I was suspended for doping. I also lost $10,000 (Kshs 1,445,403) plus the legal fee which I paid to my legal team. Last but least I lost my name that I had built since 2015, Psychological torture, shame, friends, this is what hurts me most,” narrated Taki.
The 24 year-old will sue Adak and Kairu for damages and benefits he lost during his suspension period.