Olympic athlete Lilian Kasait Rengeruk has been handed a 10-month doping ban after being discovered to have used a prohibited substance by the game’s Athletics Integrity Unit.
Rengeruk, 25, who completed twelfth within the 5,000 metres last ultimately yr’s Olympics in Tokyo, used the hormone remedy drug Letrozole.
The previous world Below-18 3,000m champion had her outcomes annulled from 20 January this yr, the day she supplied her optimistic pattern.
The previous All-African Video games and nationwide champion’s suspension will run from April 2022 to February 2023 as a result of she admitted her guilt.
“Bearing in mind how promptly the athlete admitted the anti-doping rule violations upon notification, the events agree that the interval of ineligibility shall be backdated,” the AIU mentioned in a press release.
Rengeruk is the eighth Kenyan to be banned for a optimistic doping take a look at for the reason that starting of July.
In response to the development, the nation’s athletics physique – Athletics Kenya – introduced a raft of measures earlier this month in a bid to sort out the issue.
“With impact from 1 October, Athletics Kenya will begin the registration of athletics coaching camps together with particulars of all personnel in residence therein and their respective roles vis-a-vis the athletes,” learn an Athletics Kenya (AK) assertion dated 7 September.
The brand new measures additionally require all coaches dealing with Kenyan athletes to have the proper work certificates and licences to function inside the east African nation, in addition to to instruct the related authorities of their contact particulars.
Outstanding among the many eight suspensions is Lawrence Cherono, the winner of each the Boston and Chicago marathons in 2019, who needed to withdraw from Kenya’s group for this yr’s World Championships, whereas already at their venue in Oregon, United States.
“Athletics Kenya has reinvigorated the intelligence and investigation unit with an purpose of dismantling the cartels and taking the battle on doping to a brand new degree,” AK mentioned.
In 2016, Kenya was positioned within the prime class of the World Anti-Doping Company’s (WADA) compliance watch record.