Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Two Kenyan Runners Under Suspicion Of Dopping In Beijing


Two Kenyan athletes have tested positive for doping substance. They are currently suspended from the championship. 

400-meter runner Joyce Zakary, and hurdler Koki Manunga Both tested positive for unspecified substances in targeted tests after competing in Beijing, the IAAF said Wednesday. 
On Monday Zakary was second in her opening heat, running a national record of 50.71 seconds in the 400. 

The 29-year-old Kenyan did not run in the semifinals a day later despite having the eighth best qualifying time. On Sunday Manunga ran in the opening heats of the 400 hurdles on finishing sixth of seven, failing to reach the semifinals.

The country's national governing body has respond the the controversy by saying 

"Athletics Kenya has already met with the IAAF and the athletes involved, and has begun investigating the situation which led to these results and appropriate follow-up action will be taken in Kenya,"  

They continued "In the meantime, Athletics Kenya will provide full support and cooperation to the IAAF during (the) results management process, and will not be providing further comment at this stage."

Kenyans have 13 athletes currently serving doping suspensions.

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