Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya to probe allegations against athletics team manager

Among the Kenyan athletes to have failed drug tests are former Boston City Marathon and Chicago Marathon champion, Rita Jeptoo, and twice world cross-country champion Emily Chebet.

The publication that did a joint investigation with German TV ARD into doping allegations in Kenya claims the Athletics Kenya (AK) South Rift official was secretly filmed offering to protect cheating athletes from Doping Control Officers.

"The National Anti-Doping Organization (NADOs) of Spain has not resolved its irrespective issues, and is therefore declared non-compliant with the Code", WADA said in a statement.

Kenya was only removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of "non-compliant" countries on Friday.

"The response WADA received was unsatisfactory and the situation was unacceptable", the spokesman said. It was unacceptable that it stopped.

Now Brazil has said the lack of drug tests came about because no WADA approved lab would agree to take on the workload of the suspended Rio laboratory. "That was not a good move. the fact no testing was happening was a concern".

Brazil says this was down to WADA's decision to suspend its testing laboratory in Rio in June.

Russia was banned from the Olympics due to its State-sponsored doping with International Olympic Committee asking individual federations to make their decision on which Russian athletes would be allowed to compete in Rio.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose not to impose a blanket ban on all Russian athletes but directed sports federations to allow them to compete if they met a set of criteria, including a clean doping past and sufficient testing at international events.

No anti-doping tests were carried out between July 1 and July 20, the country's sports ministry has said.

Horta claimed the ABCD had planned to conduct 300 random tests before Rio 2016 but came under pressure to ease back.

Sports Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Hassan Wario who is in Brazil for the Games did not respond to Citizen Digital queries on the subject by the time of going to press.

Vanessa Coleman

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