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Monday 30, Nov 2015

  Seven Kenyan Athletes Banned For Doping

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Athletics Kenya has banned seven athletes including two-time cross-country world champion Emily Chebet for doping offences.

Chebet, the cross-country world champion in 2010 and 2013, received a doping ban of four years after he tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic and masking agent. The 29-year-old Chebet was a bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and she will be unable to compete until July 16, 2019.

The list of sanctions also included bans for Joyce Zakary and Koki Manunga, who failed drugs tests at the World Championships in Beijing in August. Joyce and Koki were provisionally suspended at the World Championships and received bans of four years for Furosemide. Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto announced plans to criminalize doping after Koki and Zakari tested positive in Beijing.

The other four athletes banned were Agnes Jepkosgei, Bernard Mwendia, Judy Jesire Kimuge, and Lilian Moraa Marita. Agnes Jepkosgei received a doping ban of four years after he tested positive for metabolite of Norandrosterone, an anabolic steroid. A ban of two years was imposed on Bernard Mwendia for testing positive to Norandrosterone. Lilian Moraa Marita received a two-year ban for the blood-booster Erythropoietin (EPO) and Kimuge was banned two years for Norandrolone.

The future of Kenya in World Athletics hangs in the balance as pressure mounts on the country to tackle doping and corruption issues. A harsh warning was issued by Colm O’Connell, the coach of leading Kenyan 800-meter runner David Rudisha, who remarked better testing and monitoring of our athletes has to be put in place immediately if Kenya wants to really move into the Olympics with a clear conscience and with global credibility. Two-time Olympic Champion Kip Keino warned that the next generation of athletes is in danger of being dragged into a world of doping.

In the last few years, there has been a significant spike in doping cases among Kenyan athletes. Since 2012, more than 40 athletes have now failed tests that included high-profile athletes such as Rita Jeptoo. A few days back, Kenyan track officials came under scrutiny after allegations of doping cover-ups surfaced and some officials were accused of money embezzlement at the national federation.

A group of athletes this week stormed the federation headquarters in Nairobi to demand the resignation of top officials over the doping scandals and corruption allegations. The protestors include the 2012 Boston marathon winner-turned politician, Wesley Korir, and former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang. Top Professional Athletes Association of Kenya (PAAK) official said we want to solve the long standing issues affecting us in regards to corruption, doping and other matters. In reply, Athletics Kenya (AK) chief Jackson Tuwei said we are waiting for the outcome of the meeting and were taken by complete surprise. Tuwei and the other Athletics Kenya officials have been barred from their offices since Monday morning.

It was recently reported by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that Kenya also has a serious doping problem just like Russia that was recently banned from international athletics competitions.

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Monday 09, Jul 2012

  Ulihrach says he tested positive for norandrosterone

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Inan interview with a Czech newspaper, Bohdan Ulihrach said a test conducted on him during a tournament in Moscow showed unacceptable levels of norandrosterone, a metabolite of the banned steroid. The urine test indicated 5.2 nanograms per milliliter, which is fractionally over the 5.0 limit.

The 27-year-old is waiting for the result of the B sample before he decides whether to appeal a possible ban. If the second sample also yields a positive result, Ulihrach may get banned for two years.

Decision of Ulihrach to go public about the test appears slightly surprising to many as his name would not have been released for at least another three weeks under the Association of Tennis Professionals rules and that only if the second or B sample also came up positive.

Ulihrach has been world-ranked as high as No 22.

Tuesday 15, May 2012

  Ulihrach tests positive for banned steroid metabolite

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In an interview with a Czech newspaper, Bohdan Ulihrach revealed that he tested positive for unacceptable levels of norandrosterone, a metabolite of the banned steroid, during a tournament in Moscow.

The urine test suggested 5.2 nanograms per milliliter, which was fractionally over the 5.0 limit.

Ulihrach has been world-ranked as high as number 22.

Wednesday 11, Apr 2012

  Marathon runner wins doping case

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Gert Thys, the South African marathon runner, has won his doping case. This was about six years after he tested positive for a steroid when winning the Seoul International Marathon.

Appeal of the World Anti-Doping Agency to clear Thys after South African authorities failed to hear his case was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Thys was banned by the South African athletics federation for two years and seven months though CAS cleared the runner in 2009 because of laboratory errors in South Korea.

Thursday 09, Feb 2012

  Bohdan Ulihrach tests positive for nandrolone

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Bohdan Ulihrach, in an interview with a Czech newspaper, said a test during a tournament in Moscow showed unacceptable levels of norandrosterone, a metabolite of the banned steroid.

The urine test indicated 5.2 nanograms per milliliter, fractionally over the 5.0 limit.

Ulihrach has been world-ranked as high as No 22.

Friday 28, Jan 2011

  Two powerlifters excluded from Paralympic Games

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Two powerlifters excluded from Paralympic GamesFacourou Sissoko from Mali and Ukrainian Liudmyla Osmanova have been excluded from the Paralympic Games following doping violations.

The duo tested positive in pre-Games out-of-competition tests for boldenone metabolite and 19-Norandrosterone (anabolic agents), respectively.

Both Sissoko and Osmanova have been disqualified from the Beijing Games and banned for two years.

Wednesday 26, Jan 2011

  Sri Lankan boxer fails to clear drug test

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Sri Lankan boxer fails to clear drug testGold medalist Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi has tested positive for a banned substance during the Commonwealth Games, according to the CWG Federation.

The boxer tested positive for anabolic agent 19-Norandrosterone to become the fifth athlete to fail a drug test; the previous four athletes were Nigerian trio of Samuel Okon, Damola Osayemi and Folashade Abugan, and Indian Rani Yadav.

Sri Lankan sports authorities confiscated the gold medal won by Wanniarachchi in Colombo.

Monday 15, Nov 2010

  Race Walker fails dope test

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Race Walker fails dope testIndian race walker, Rani Yadav, has tested positive for a banned steroid and suspended provisionally from the Delhi Commonwealth games 2010, according to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

Yadav is the third athlete to fail a dope test at the Oct. 3-14 Games after Nigerians Osayemi Oludamola and 110m hurdler Samuel Okon.

A sample of the walker was found to contain 19-Norandrosterone, a prohibited Anabolic Agent under category S1 of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) list of prohibited substances and methods.