ADAK 'NOT INVOLVED'
However, Adak chief executive officer Japhter Rugut said they were not investigating any other case involving doping apart from Sumgong’s.
“If we investigate an issue, we do it independently to avoid conflict of interest,” said Rugut.
We work with World Anti-Doping Agency, National Anti-Doping Organisations and International Federations, not individual parties.”
Chepchirchir confirmed having been suspended by Federico just after Sumgong had been busted.
“He told me that since I was Sumgong’s training partner, I should also stay away up until investigations are complete,” said Chepchirchir.
“He never wrote a letter or told me why I was also part of the investigations… I am still in the dark.”
The suspensions seen to have thrown spanners into AK works as they battle to find replacements in the marathon team for London World Championships after world women’s marathon record-holder Mary Keitany and Chicago Marathon champion Florence Kiplagat withdrew saying they would not be ready in time for the August action.
Rionoripo won this year’s Paris Marathon in a course record time of two hours 20 minutes and 55 seconds on April 9 while Agnes Barsosio settled for second in 2:20:59.
Rionoripo and Barsosio have been named as reserves in the women’s marathon team but Barsosio has also withdrawn citing an injury.