Kisorio alleges plot to ‘fix’ the Rosas in affidavit

Mathew Kisorio speaking after winning the Ndakaini Half Marathon
Mathew Kisorio speaking after winning the Ndakaini Half Marathon

Former African junior double distance champion, Matthew Kisorio alleged he was approached to ‘fix’ Italian manager, Federico Rosa, who is under investigation for doping in the camps run by the Rosa Associati firm where he is a director.

In a signed affidavit presented before Kibera Law Court where Federico was released on a Ksh300,000 bail on Friday, Kisorio stated he could not be part of the scheme aimed at bringing the company that has operated in the country for almost three decades down.

Kisorio was a client of Rosa when he was banned in 2012 for steroid use with his suspension ending in mid 2014 where he admitted drug use and pointed fingers at medical staff who were promoting doping among athletes.

“Mr. Federico Rosa and Associates are the organization that trained me as an athlete an also paid for my formal schooling. I have been with them since the year 2007 to 2012. They paid my formal schooling from form 1 to form 4.

“I have been banned for two (2) years from competing because of doping. I wish to say with emphasis that it was not either Federico Rosa nor Rosa and Associates that are responsible for my case of Doping.

“The CID and Athletics Kenya have already been given relevant information asked for. The information wholly exclude Federico Rosa also Rosa Associates.

“I have been pressurized by some people to falsely incriminate Federico Rosa a manager and Rosa and Associates and I have refused and continue to so refuse,” Kisorio’s affidavit claimed.

After he was busted, Kenya’s captain to the 2011 IAAF World Cross in Punta Umbria, Spain was expelled from the Rosa group with the company denying involvement in his doping.

In his affidavit, Kisorio further states charges made against the manager are untrue and motivated by greedy people who want to take over the management of the company.

He further alleges those behind the plot are eyeing to take over Rosa’s lucrative contract with American sports apparel giants, Nike, in Kenya.

“Myself and all other athletes who have worked with Federico and his company hold the view that this case is a false design by people, inside and outside to advance economic objectives, sports envy and dishonesty seize credits,” Kisorio who came fourth (senior men 12km) at the Punta Umbria World Cross added.

His claims add a further twist to the sensational arrests, release and questioning at CID headquarters of Federico and his father, Dr. Gabrielle Rosa.

The elder Rosa was not brought in court when Federico was first arraigned in Kibera on Wednedsday and remanded for two days before he was released on cash bail on Friday.

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