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Kenya’s sprints coach sent home from Rio Olympics

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 The IAAF provisionally suspended the Russian athletics federation in November over a bombshell report by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission alleging state-sponsored doping and mass corruption in the sport. PHOTO/AFP

The IAAF provisionally suspended the Russian athletics federation in November over a bombshell report by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission alleging state-sponsored doping and mass corruption in the sport. PHOTO/AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Aug 11 – Shame has once again rocked Team Kenya’s camp in Rio Olympics after sprints coach John Anzrah was expelled from the games after being caught in possession with an athlete’s accreditation in the Olympics village.

Anzrah is the second team official to be sent out of team Kenya’s Olympic camp after athletics team manager Major (Rdt) Michael Rotich earlier in the week.

Rotich, who was leading the track and field Olympics team in Rio was arrested on Monday and is currently detained for 28 days waiting to be charged with doping bribery.

Anzrah, who arrived in Rio last week, had been staying at a hotel as he awaits to join athletes in the Olympic village, was allegedly found in possession of an athlete’s accreditation card, who is said to be 800m runner Ferguson Rotich in the dining area.

He had accessed the village then as a day guest. Doping control officials who had listed a middle distance runner for a random out of competition test trailed Anzrah and picked him for the test from his games credentials and compelled him to give his urine samples for testing.

According to a source close to the camp Anzrah tried to explain that he was not the runner they sought, but the officials insisted that he must produce the samples as stipulated.

“It is a stupid incident, stupid thing really for a coach of his experience to be found in possession of an athlete’s accreditation simply because possibly he wanted to access an area that he may not have had access to because of his credentials as a team official. Who does that any way?” Team Kenya chef de mission, Stephen Soi asked angrily as he confirmed the incident to Sports News Arena in Rio.

Anzrah, Catherine Ndereba and Joseph Mosonik have been staying at a hotel and could not access the games village as team Kenya has currently exceeded their officials’ quota of 36 at the games village.

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According to Soi, the 61-year-old coach reported the matter to the team management afterwards who then presented Ferguson Rotich to the doping officers and also reported the matter to the International Olympics Committee (IOC).

“As soon as we realised this we went to the testing officials and presented Ferguson Rotich with his photo ID. The officials poured the samples and took the athletes in front of the medical officers. We met afterwards and agreed that the coach had acted irresponsibly first by taking an athlete’s accreditation and even presenting his samples for testing,” Soi added.

The accreditation card is a delicate non transferable identification card issued by the games organisers on behalf of the IOC, that should be worn at all times while in the Olympic village and the games venue and also act as an entry document into Brazil.

Anzrah was expected to move into the games village on Thursday evening alongside the other two coaches after some of team Kenya athletes and officials who have finished their event leave for Nairobi to make room for the remaining officials.

Instead Anzrah will travel back home with the delegation and is expected to arrive in Nairobi on Friday.

-By Sports News Arena-

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