Michael Rotich handed tens years ban, fined

IAAF’s Ethics and Board has banned Rio De Janeiro Kenya Team manager Michael Rotich ten years from any athletics related activities.

Apart from the long ban, the former North Rift Athletics Kenya chairman was also fined kshs 1.9 million

The retired Major in the Kenya Defence Forces was found guilty of breaching its IAAF rules.

Chaired by Lauri Tarasti, Akira Kawamura and Juan Pablo Arrigada found Rotich guilty for agreeing to provide advance notice of drug tests to athletes and coaches in exchange for money.

“Major Rotich suggested excuses which athletes could use to avoid being penalised for missing a drug test,” said the statement.

The sanction comes to effect from the date of decision on May 22, 2019

“Rotich has a right of appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, within 21 days of the date of this decision, in accordance with the procedure set out in rule R47 et seq. of the CAS Code of Sports-related arbitration.

Rotich was suspend on August 12, 2016 by IAAF and kicked out from the Rio Olympics Games after allegations arose from an article entitled “Rio Olympics hit by new doping scandal” and accompanying video footage, both of which were published by the Sunday Times on August 7, 2016.

“In these circumstances the Panel has concluded that Major Rotich should be banned for 10 years from taking part in any athletics-related activity including holding any relevant office in athletics.” “In addition, the Panel has levied a fine upon Major Rotich. He is ordered to pay the sum of US$ 5,000 dollars (Sh 500,000) to the IAAF.”

The Panel also found that Rotich has committed violations of the Code of Ethics and accordingly the general rule is that the procedural costs amount to US $ 14,000 (Sh 1.4 million) should be borne by him.

“Major Rotich has not identified any exceptional circumstances such as would warrant the costs being reduced or waived,” stated the ruling.

“When the Panel had noted that it has not been necessary to hold a hearing because of the nature of the evidence, which was contained entirely in documents and footage, and because of the Defendant’s failure to file a Defence in these proceedings, the costs incurred by the IAAF Ethics Board are more limited than they might otherwise have been.

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