Athletics Kenya,AK has confirmed two year suspension for three Kenyan athletes who returned positive tests this season, while the fourth Mathew Kisorio faces a provisional ban.
AK Secretary General David Okeyo, confirmed to Sportsnewsarena.com in London that Ronald Kipchumba, Rael Kiyara and Jemima Jelagat Sumgong were each serving two years bans starting June 2012.
“We have banned Kipchumba, Kiyar and Jelagat and they each serving two year doping bans imposed on them starting last month,”Okeyo confirmed on Monday.
“For Kisorio’s his case is still under investigation following a positive test at the national championships, so for now he is serving a provisional ban,pending confirmation of his B sample.”
The revelation comes barely a week after the World Athletics body, IAAF announced the names of nine athletes who had been “sophisticated doping”and just two months after a controversial news reports linked Kenyan athletes to doping.
Sportsnewsarena.com on Sunday reported that four Kenyan runners faced lengthy doping bans after testing positive for banned substances at various points this season.
Kisorio, is a double African junior champion in the 5 000 and 10 000 in 2007, the same year he won the bronze at the world cross -country (junior event). He also finished fourth at the World cross country championships and most recently placed 10th at the Boston Marathon.
Kipchumba is the 3000 junior world champion hurdles in 2004 in Grosseto and tested positive after the marathon of Linz, with traces of EPO in the blood.
Kiyara who ran 2:23:47 marathon in Hamburg also tested positive for steroids alongside Sumgong second in Boston this year 2:31.52.
Sumgong also won the 2012 Castellón and Las Vegas Marathons and holds a personal best of 2:28:32.