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‘Fairly Well Known’ Athlete Sneaks out of Training Camp to Avoid Anti Doping Testing
January 18, 2020
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A Kenyan athlete sneaked out of a training camp in Kapsabet, Nandi after anti-doping testers visited the camp. The ‘fairly well known’ athlete pretended that he was going to the toilet, only to flee. Officials only realized what was going on when he never returned from his ‘call of nature.’
This comes only days after Wilson Kipsang, a successful long-distance runner, was banned by the World Anti Doping Agency for a whereabouts failure.
Kenya is working to eliminate doping among athletes after a number of doping scandals hit the country over the past 5 years. Approximately 60 athletes have faced sanctions for doping offenses. The World Anti Doping Agency has said in a 2018 report that 138 Kenyans failed doping tests over a 15-year period.
Athletics Kenya official Barnaba Korir told Reuters news agency that the testers who visited the training camp in Nandi County were from the Athletics Integrity Unit. Korir told how the athlete made a dramatic escape – exiting through a window and scaling the fence.
Korir said that athletes who flouted regulations would not escape tough measures instituted by regulatory bodies.
Kenya has been listed as a Category A country for anti-doping violations since 2016. Athletics officials want to fight doping by imposing criminal charges on violators.
Alfred Kipketer is an Olympic medalist and former world record holder in marathon.