- Another nightmare for the 2012 Africa 10,000m champion winner Kenneth Kipkemboi who is the latest victim of the world Anti-doping Agency.
It has just happened a week after the human rights group petitioned the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). Their concern was to lift bans on all athletes sanctioned for doping, basing their demands on “questionable errors” in anti-doping programmers.
Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has already issued a charge notice to Kipkemboi, who is also the 2011 Maputo African Games half marathon silver medalist, suspending him provisionally from taking part in any athletics-related activities. It is a big blow for him and Kenya at large considering the upcoming Olympic Games.
AIU indicated that Kipkemboi has tested positive to prohibited substances Terbutaline. Terbutaline is used as a fast-acting bronchodilator (often used as short-term asthma treatment) and as a tocolytic to delay premature labor. The inhaled form of Terbutaline starts working within 15 minutes and can last up to six hours. Terbutaline as a treatment for premature labor is an off-label use not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
It was good news to have the human rights showing concern to the suffering athletes and gave many hopes that they may soon hit the track again. On their statement, “We call on the government of Kenya to support by funding research on biological factors, environmental doping causative agents for the sake of justice and accountability in sport,” through their CEO Justine Kirui. They plead to the Kenya government to support them as they seek justice.
For such aspiring and hard-working athlete, it’s frustrating and a blow to all of us. Kipkemboi, who finished third in Boston Marathon last year and the 2018 Rotterdam Marathon winner with a personal best of 2:05:44, becomes the ninth Kenyan to be sanctioned for varying doping offenses in last three months. Many are asking, “Is the Kenyan 2020 Olympic list reducing with only 4 months remaining?”