Wilson Kipsang arrested for allegdly taking alcohol in covid-19 curfew

Former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang and Kapchemutwa Ward Representative Ambrose Kiplagat were arrested after they were allegedly found drinking alcohol in a popular club in Iten town past the curfew time.

Elgeyo Marakwet sports officials, however, distanced themselves from the matter saying “The case is not related to sports but it is a sign of indiscipline.”

The Kipsang case comes just four days after twelve athletes were arrested in the county for training in a group, though no charges were pressed against them.

Kipsang and Kiplagat were among nearly 20 people who had locked themselves inside the club to drink, against orders requiring Kenyans not to get out of their homes after 7pm in the evening.

Police said the visibly intoxicated revellers dramatically attempted to resist arrest forcing the officers who were on patrol to seek for reinforcement.

The two time London marathon winner has recently been facing numerous challenges where je was involved in a road accident.

The marathon specialist Kipsnag set the world record during the 2013 Berlin marathon in 2:03.23.

The former New York City marathon winner has been embroiled in doping case where he has been provisionally suspended by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for doping allegation after missing doping tests.

Following the arrest, the Elgeyo Marakwet police commander John Mwinzi said the suspects were arrested following a tip-off by members of the public.

“Our officers found the MCA, the athlete and other revellers hiding in a popular club in Iten. These are high profile individuals who should be helping us in enforcement of the curfew,” said Mwinzi.

They will be arraigned in court on Friday.

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