Kenyan long distance runner Florence Jepkosgei Chepsoi has been charged for presenting false documents to the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya.
The marathoner was on June 29th arraigned before the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Eldoret for the mentioned offence.
Chepsoi’s case comes days afterADAK in conjunction with Athletics Kenya vowed to severely punish athletes involved in cheating, a menace that is proving a real threat to Kenya’s sports trademark, athletics.
This is the second time in a span of three years Chepsoi has been on spotlight for cheating. The athlete was in 2017 charged for breaching the anti-doping regulations.
Chepsoi was found guilty of using banned substance Prednisolone after participating in a race in China.
Appearing before the Sports Dispute Tribunal on Monday, the athlete in her defense purportedly produced forged medical documents from the Uasin Gishu District Hospital where she allegedly went for medical attention.
However, Investigations and Intelligence Gathering Unit team from ADAK carried out verification of the medical records and later the mentioned hospital denied the athlete never sought treatment at the facility.
Consequently, Chepsoi was charged pursuant to section 42 (1) paragraph (e) of the Anti-Doping Act.
In retariation, ADAK cautioned that the body will continue hunting down and charge athletes and any personnel found abusing the anti-doping regulations.
“ADAK shall continue prosecuting athletes and their Support Personnel found culpable of Anti – Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) in line with the laid legal framework.” ADAK said in a statement seen by SPORTS AFRICA.
“We wish to reiterate that we will not relent in the fight against doping. This is a resolve which has received support from the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage and measures have been taken for a zero tolerance of the vice.
ADAK further encouraged athletes to compete clean.
“Athletes are encouraged to participate in clean sports thus promoting integrity. Any athlete found to have violated the provisions of the Anti – Doping Act will be dealt with firmly. ADAK promises to root out this immoral culture through the criminal justice system.” It concluded.
Meanwhile, Chepsoi has been released on bail with case set to be heard on August 13, 2020.