About 60 Kenyan athletes have been suspended in the last five years for doping offences, including whereabout failures, a violation of the World Athletics anti-doping rules.
The provisional suspension is the latest in a series of cases against 36-year-old marathon runner, Florence Jepkosgei Chepsoi who was banned for two years in 2017 for using the performance-boosting drug Prednisolone.
She is currently serving a one-year community service sentence for faking documents as part of her defence on a doping charge after the trial in Eldoret following an investigation lasting a number of years.
According to the Anti-Doping Association of Kenya (ADAK), Florence Jepkosgei Chepsoi is the first Kenyan athlete to be found guilty in a criminal court.
The Kenyan long distance runner was found guilty of providing false medical records from Eldoret’s Uasin Gishu Hospital to support her defence case when she appeared before the Kenyan Sports Disputes Tribunal.
“The Uasin Gishu district hospital confirmed that those medical documents had been forged, and that the athlete had not been treated at the said hospital,” ADAK said in a statement.
Similarly, Kenya’s 2016 Olympic women’s marathon champion Jemima Sumgong is serving a lengthy ban after she was found to have falsified medical documents in an attempt to tamper with a positive test for EPO.
Sumgong, the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic marathon, tested positive for the blood-booster in an out-of-competition test five months after winning gold in Rio.