Emily Chebet blamed positive test on treatment for toothache

By evelyn watta
Nov 28, 2015
  • Emily Chebet in a past press conference.(Photo:SNA File)

Emily Chebet’s management company, the International Athletics Consultancy,IAC, have distanced themselves from her failed out of competition test.

The two times world cross country champion Emily Chebet knew of her positive test last July around the same time Kenya held the national trials for the world championships, according to her management company that was headed by the late Zane Branson.

A statement from IAC whose Kenyan associate is Emily’s husband Edward Muge, she had opted not to have her B-Sample tested after her provisional suspension on July 17th, 2015.

“I met Emily after Kenyan National Trials for 2015 World Championships in Athletics and we have discussed this heart-breaking development and Emily communicated shock and confusion, with sabotage or medical negligence being mentioned as potential explanations, especially as Emily was on medication for toothache and strong headaches at the time of said out-of-competition test.

"Emily’s (failed test) AAF is first and only AAF for any of clients International Athletics Consultancy works with-and-for,” claimed Davor Savija, Manager, Special Projects for International Athletics Consultancy, in a statement sent to the media.

Athletics Kenya on Friday released the names of six women that included Chebet, fourth at the World championships in 2013, and the two sprinters Francisca Koki and Joyce Sakari, who had all tested for Furosemide, a banned substance on the World Anti Doping Agency, WADA, list, that is used to treat high and low blood pressure and helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.

At least 40 Kenyans suspended to date

The drug according to one of the Kenya team Doctor who cannot be named as he is not authorised to speak to the press on doping matters, can be abused when it is used as diuretic without prescription. It causes frequent urination, which is ideal for athletes seeking to clear their urine samples after taking a banned substance.

Diuretics are classified as masking agents on the WADA Prohibited list.

In this case it remains unclear what they athletes were trying to conceal.

Her sanction comes around a year after AK confirmed the positive test of Rita Jeptoo, the 2013 Boston and 2014 Chicago winner who is currently serving a two-year suspension for Erythropoietin use.

The sprinters have been sanctioned for four years.

According to a team Kenya official who was with the team in Beijing they had hoped for a lenient sanction, after divulging more information to AK on other Kenyan sprinters whom they listed as accomplices.

The information they shared with AK is believed to have led to the unexplained exclusions of some runners who were preparing for the All African Games in Congo last September.

The trio were the only ones in the list of eight released by AK on Friday that tested for the masking agent.

Agnes Jepkosgei Cheserek, who ran the 2015 Rabat Marathon in April has been banned for four years after testing for Norandrosterone while Bernard Mwendia, a marathoner, who was been under scrutiny since last December when the Federation announced two other violations, will be out for two-years after testing positive for the same drug.

Judy Jesire Kimuge, marathoner was sanctioned for two years for Norandrolone while Lilian Moraa, a seasoned road racer in the US was suspended for four years after testing positive for injected Erythropoietin,a blood booster.

More pressure on AK 

The doping tests puts further pressure on a divided AK, whose president Isaiah Kiplagat and vice president David Okeyo have been accused of corruption and doping cover-ups.

At least 40 Kenyans have been suspended for doping violations in the last four years. 

Okeyo, a council member is being investigated by the sports governing body, IAAF over claims that he alongside Kiplagat and Joseph Kinyua the former treasurer, pocketed about Ksh.70m from the sponsorship deal with their partner Nike.

Just days ago Kiplagat said he was planning to call for snap elections as pressure mounted on him and Okeyo to step down over the allegations.

He blamed some Executive Committee members for the protest at Riadha House by a group of runners aligned to the Professional Athletics Association of Kenya who stormed Riadha house on Monday and paralysed operations that culminated in a meeting the following day, that demanded their resignations.

This week the IAAF president Seb Coe backed calls for resignations to allow fresh investigations by a probe committee and also the Ethics Anti Corruption Commission.

Coe also met the Minister of Sports Dr Hassan Wario in Monaco and spoke to the IOC president Thomas Bach who was meeting IOC member Paul Tergat and the National Olympic committee chairman Kipchoge Keino in Mauritius, to discuss the concerns in Kenyan athletics.