Former Rotterdam marathon champion Kenneth Kipkemoi was handed a two ban by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for flouting anti doping rules on Thursday 23rd July 2020.
Kipkemoi says many Kenyan runners are falling prey to unscrupulous testing and serving a ban that they don’t deserve and because they don’t have a voice to air their views, they suffer.
“I used to think athletes dope and they cheat in races hence condemning
them but when it came to a reality that I was one the victim, it was one of the worst days,” narrated Kipkemoi.
But behind the scenes, there is more than what see and read. At the center of concentration is Doping Control Officers Cornelius Magut and Cornelius K Magut.
Dailysport.co.ke can not authentifully report that Cornelius K Magut and Cornelius Magut is one person or they are two.
In the first instance, Cornelius Magut on 12nd September 2019 as DCO signed as assistant DCO while Cornelius K Magut signed as the DCO though with signatures appearing almost the same.
“It is not possible for an athlete to be tested by one DCO and to make
matters worse, he signs both as an assistant,” claimed Kipkemoi.
The former Africa 10,000m champion was tested positive for terbutaline .
However the Keiyo based runner has said he is innocent for the charges and questioned why he was targeted.
Before his tribulations began, Kipkemoi had been threatened that he should
accept the charges and be handed a lenient ban of about 14-16 months, which he declined saying if he was guilty, then he should face the full force of law.
“AIU told me that if I appeal the charges, then the punishment will be
harsher than the preferred period and the threats were real. But what I know is that am innocent and these guys are after something that many Kenyan athletes are suffering from,” he added.