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Kenya rugby players on 'steroids' supplements

18 October 2014, 10:23

Nairobi - A report into doping in Kenyan sports commissioned by the government has claimed South African national rugby sevens head coach Paul Treu and his English predecessor recommended supplements to the players that contain steroids.

The long-awaited findings were released Friday by the country' s Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry for Sports, Culture and Arts, Dr. Hassan Wario and further allege the players were supplied with the supplements without their knowledge.

"After the termination of Coach Mike Friday's services, the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU)) appointed Treu as the 7s coach who came with his own regime of food supplements and their use," says the Anti-Doping Taskforce Final Report that was presented to Wario in April read.

The report says Treu introduced supplements that trade by the name 'Evox'. Samples of these were retrieved from the union and subjected to laboratory analysis and were found to contain steroids.

"It is worth stating that the KRU had been administering the supplements to the players without knowledge of the contents," adds the report of the probe body that was chaired by Professor Moni Wekesa.

The report says reliance has been placed on the advice of contracted coaches as well as the labeling on the packs and thus the supplements were not subjected to any further or independent analysis by the KRU.

The food supplements were introduced to the team by current USA 7s coach, Friday before he resigned at the end of the 2012-13 season and during the Englishman's tenure, a Nairobi store, Weider Nutrition supplied the team.

The report notes that local rugby clubs, Kenya Harlequins and domestic league cup champions, Nakuru RFC are other clients according to the store owner although the taskforce could not meet the affected outfits to verify the charges.

According to the report, Edwin Shimenga is the only Kenyan rugby player to test positive for doping (hydrochlorithiazide) in 2005 and last year 24 players were tested out of competition and 12 tested during competition in the same period.

Both KRU chairman, Mwangi Muthee and Treu are away in South Africa.

- Xinhua

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