Atheltics: Former Kenyan officials' suspensions extended
30 May 2016, 19:06
Nairobi (Reuters) The IAAF has extended the suspensions of
three former leading Kenyan athletics officials by six months, lead
investigator Sharad Rao said on Monday.
The East African nation, a global powerhouse in middle and
long-distance running, has been in the spotlight recently following
allegations of widespread doping by its athletes.
The three senior officials were provisionally suspended by the IAAF on Nov. 30, accused of subverting anti-doping processes.
"The suspensions have been extended for a further 180 days in
respect of (Isaiah) Kiplagat, (David) Okeyo and (Joseph) Kinyua," Rao
told Reuters on Monday.
"Their suspensions were due to end on May 29, but that has been extended for a further 180 days," said Rao.
"I have received their formal responses denying all allegations against them," he said.
Up to 40 Kenyan athletes have failed doping tests in the past
four years, forcing global anti-doping agency WADA to demand greater
action. Three-times former Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo is
serving a two-year ban.
In a bid to meet WADA compliance and avoid being barred from
international competitions including this year's Rio Olympic Games,
Kenya's Parliament enacted anti-doping laws in April and the government
set up the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).
WADA, however, rejected the laws and proposed a raft of
amendments, which were rushed through parliament last week and are
awaiting presidential assent.