A highly profile Kenyan football player has been reported to have tested positive for testing positive for banned substances.
According to Anti Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kiplimo Rugu revealed that faceless culprit is believed to be a key member of either Harambee Stars or a leading Kenyan Premier League sides after players from the two teams have been subjected to doping tests over the last few months.
Rugut said that investigations on the suspect will commence immediately and if found guilty, Adak will advise Football Kenya Federation to have the player stopped from playing henceforth as they s continue.
“We have received a number of positive results from World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), including one from a footballer. That information is still very fresh and we cannot go public because we are still conducting our own investigations,” Rugut said.
“We are at the initial review stage, and we are trying to establish whether the player administered the substance unintentionally or accidentally. Those two scenarios carry different penalties which is why it will be premature to name the player at this stage. We do not want to ruin anybody’s career.”
“Once we are done with initial review then we will notify FKF because such a player should not be active as investigations continue.”
The news is set to cause shockwaves across the football fraternity since cases of doping are not as frequently reported as in disciplines such as athletics and weight lifting. This is the case all over the world.
If the consumption of the banned substances was not intentional, bans can last for up to two years. However, if the player knowingly participated in doping, they will be banned for up to four years
Source: Daily Nation