Just two days after her suspension by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for the use of a Prohibited Substance/Method – ABP case, which is in violation of the World Anti-doping rules, Kenya’s Agnes Jeruto Barsosio defied the orders and participated in the 18th edition of the Brazzaville International Half-Marathon held on Sunday (13) in Brazzaville, Congo.
The 40 year-old has joined her sister Stella Barsosio who was banned in February this year for two years by the Anti-doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK), for the Presence of prohibited substances trimetazidine in her samples. This new development means she could face close to a eight year ban for participating in a race while under the ban. Barsosio went against the rule that prohibits an athlete from participating in any World Athletics event during Ineligibility (ADR Rule 10.14.1).
The AIU Rule 10.14.1 of the 2021 ADR must be strictly followed and any athlete should not participate in any activity while suspended or banned, whether organised by World Athletics or a Member Federation (other than authorised anti-doping education or rehabilitation programmes).
“No Athlete or other Person who has been declared Ineligible or is subject to a Provisional Suspension may, during a period of Ineligibility or Provisional Suspension, participate in any capacity in a Competition or activity (other than authorised anti-doping Education or rehabilitation programs) authorised or organised by any Signatory, Signatory’s member organisation, or a club or other member organisation of a Signatory’s member organisation, or in Competitions authorised or organised by any professional league or any international or national level event organisation or any elite or national-level sporting activity funded by a governmental agency.”
The race that she took part in was won by her compatriot Lilian Jelagat in a time of 1:09.55 with Ethiopia’s Emebet Niguse Mamo finishing in second in 1:14.26. Barsosio wrapped up the podium three finishes in a time of 1:18.55. This is a gross violation that authorities need to look into.