ADAK charges Kenyan athlete for forging medical documents


Athletes run on a road during a half marathon near the town of Eldoret in ...
Athletes run on a road during a half marathon near the town of Eldoret in western Kenya. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

In Summary

  • The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has charged Florence Jepkosgei Chepsoi with presenting false documents to the body as defense against an anti-doping rule violation
  • The athlete was arraigned on Monday before the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Eldoret where she pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. The case will be heard on August 13

The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has charged Florence Jepkosgei Chepsoi with presenting false documents to the body as defense against an anti-doping rule violation.

The athlete was arraigned on Monday before the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Eldoret where she pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. The case will be heard on August 13.

Chepsoi, who was runner-up in October last year at the Jakarta Marathon, tested positive for banned substance prednisolone during a 2017 race in China.

She appeared before the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) for the hearing of that matter and in her Defence she presented medical documents purportedly from the Uasin Gishu District Hospital where she had received treatment.

A probe by ADAK’s Investigations and Intelligence Gathering Unit found that those medical documents had been forged and that the athlete had not been treated or seen at the said hospital.

“ADAK shall continue prosecuting athletes and their Support Personnel found culpable of Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) in line with the laid down legal framework. 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 said in a statement.

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