In Summary
  • Reigning Olympic champion now at risk of imprisonment.
  • Adak considering taking Olympian to court over tampering, presenting false documents.

Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) could prefer legal charges against drug cheat Jemimah Sumgong under the 2016 Anti-Doping Laws that came into effect last year.

Adaka chief executive officer Japhter Rugut disclosed that their legal team is looking at which charges they will prefer against the reigning Olympic marathon champion.

“It could be in respect of tampering, uttering and presenting false documents,” said Rugut.

He said that Sumgong presented document purporting to be from Kenyatta National Hospital, which the hospital disowned during her Sports Dispute Tribunal hearing.

“Let us wait and see how the legal team will package it,” said Rugut.

Among Adak duties is to investigate and prosecute athletes, athlete support personnel and sports organisations engaging in doping violations.

APPEAL DISMISSED

Sumgong’s appeal to the Sports Dispute Tribunal was dismissed at a cost as Adak moved to ban the athlete for a period of four years starting April 3 after she tested positive for the banned blood-booster Erythropoietin (EPO) in an out-of-competition test carried out by the IAAF in February.

Sumgong’s case falls under the Offences and Penalties Article 38 section 1 (e and f) of the Anti-Doping Law where anybody who is found to have presented to the agency a false document or makes a false statement with the intent to deceive or mislead investigating officers or deliberately submits false information is liable for prosecution.

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