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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Kenyan runners paid bribes in doping

Former IAAF president Lamine Diack (Left)


Kenyan coach Paul Simbolei has claimed that three Kenyan marathon runners paid bribes to Athletics Kenya, the country’s track and field governing body, in exchange for lenient doping bans, the Associated Press reports. 

The IAAF is also investigating Kenya officials for embezzling sponsorship money. Kenya looks to avoid the fate of Russia, which was suspended from international competition after the World Anti-Doping Agency, released the findings of a review into performance enhancing doping in Russian sports.

WADA recommended that the IOC ban Russia from international competition while also banning five coaches and five athletes. Russian track and field athletes may miss the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Simbolei came forward and told police about the three marathoners, and was met with threats for being a whistle-blower. A criminal probe is underway.

He claims that Kenyan officials would threaten to expose athletes as cheaters if they did not surrender a portion of their race winnings. No names of athletes or officials were publicly shared.

“The IAAF was not aware of the investigation into Mr. Okeyo in Kenya and the information has immediately been passed on to the independent IAAF Ethics Commission.”

By Christopher Chavez of si.com