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Doping: Kenyan athlete, Kalalei suspended

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KENYAN athlete, Samuel Kalalei has tested positive for EPO and has fell victim and joined the list of athletes from the East African nation to be suspended for doping.

Kalalei’s positive test was announced yesterday by the Athletics Integrity Unit and he has been provisionally suspended from all competitions. Kalalei, 23, won the Athens Marathon in November last year.

He is the second Kenyan doping case to be confirmed by the AIU in the last week after former Commonwealth Games 10,000-meter champion, Lucy Wangui was suspended for a positive test for morphine.

Fellow compatriot athlete, sprinter Boniface Mweresa, was dropped from the Kenyan team for the recent African championships hosted in Asaba Nigeria, for allegedly failing a doping test, although Kenyan authorities haven’t released details of that case, but it will be a thing of disappointment for not participating as team Kenya won the tournament with 11 gold medals and a total of 19 medals in previous competition.

One of Kenya’s top athletes, three-time 1,500-meter world champion, Asbel Kiprop, was suspended for a positive test for EPO in February. Kiprop’s case has been referred to a disciplinary tribunal and he faces a four-year ban.

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