Samuel Kosgei Cheptoo was arrested today by Anti Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) in collaboration with Pharmacists and Poison Board (PPB) for suspicion of selling banned and performance enhancing drugs to athletes.
Cheptoo, a man who runs a Chemist within the Eldoret Central Business Distrct under the name Eldo Sako was on Wednesday morning raided by the officials under the help of Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI),who apprehended him.
The man is suspected of injecting athletes with Erythropoietin (EPO).
According to ADAK Chief Executive officer Japhter Kiplimo Rugut is believed to have been injecting athletes who tipped the ADAK and started investigations.
“Suspect committed an Anti Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) which is contrary to sections 42 (2) and 42 (4) of the Anti-Doping Act and once the investigation is over, the matter and the man would be arraigned in court,” said Rugut.
With Kenya battling to keep their image globally after it was put on word’s watch list by World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), ADAK has been working out on how toredeemthe Kenyan image after top athletes led by former Boston marathon champion Rita Jeptoo and Olympic marathon champion Jemimah Sumgong were banned from competing for use of EPO.
“A drug like EPO should be administered by a professional doctor but many of these doctors injecting our athletes are quacks who want to ruin the lives of many athletes. This being the heart of athletes, we have to protect them,” added Rugut.
According to the anti doping rules, if Cheptoo is found guilty, he will be attract a jail term of three years or a fine of Sh3 million.