Ex-Team Kenya manager Rotich banned from athletics for 10 years


The Rio Olympics Team Kenya manager Major Michael Rotich when he appeared in a Nairobi ...
The Rio Olympics Team Kenya manager Major Michael Rotich when he appeared in a Nairobi court August 2016 after being arrested. (PHOTO/Matthews Mutail)

In Summary

  • The former head of Kenya's track and field team Major Michael Rotich has been banned from athletics for 10 years
  • An IAAF ethics panel found Major Rotich agreed to give advance notice of drugs tests to athletes and coaches for financial gain

The former head of Kenya’s track and field team Major Michael Rotich has been banned from athletics for 10 years.

An IAAF ethics panel found Major Rotich agreed to give advance notice of drugs tests to athletes and coaches for financial gain.

It said the “purpose of the agreement” was to “assist those athletes to flush their systems of banned substances before taking doping tests”.

Rotich managed the Kenyan athletics team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The IAAF panel said he “sought to obtain personal pecuniary benefit from the deliberate subversion of anti-doping controls, thereby distorting competition”.

It added there was no evidence Rotich provided advance notice of doping tests to specific athletes, or that any payments changed hands, but that he “acted corruptly and in deliberate violation of core principles of the IAAF’s code of ethics”.

The allegations arose from an investigation by the Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD on the eve of the Rio Games, when they secretly filmed Rotich apparently making an offer to provide prior warning of drugs tests in return for £10,000.

He said he was only going along with it because he wanted to find out who the undercover reporters were and “protect” athletes.

But the story led to him being sent home from Rio and triggered investigations by the IAAF – athletics’ world governing body – and Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya, along with Rotich’s suspension.

-Report by BBC

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