By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Apr 07, 2017
The Kenyan athletic fraternity woke up to the shocking news that Jemima Sumgong, the Rio Olympics champion had tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO during an out-of competition test by the IAAF.
A statement by the IAAF read: “The IAAF can confirm that an anti-doping rule violation case concerning Jemima Sumgong (Kenya) has commenced this week. The athlete tested positive for EPO (Erythropoietin) following a no-notice test conducted by the IAAF in Kenya.
"This was part of an enhanced IAAF out-of-competition testing program dedicated to elite marathon runners which is supported by the Abbott World Marathon Majors Group.”
Rita Jeptoo, a former training partner of Sumgong has been banned for four years after testing positive for the same substance a EPO. She is managed by Rossa Associati who also manages Jeptoo, Mathew Kisiro, Agatha Jeruto.
The exploits in Brazil earned Sumgong a promotion from a Private to Corporal at the Kenya Air Force last year.
Additional reporting by IAAF and Agencies