Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei has reportedly claimed another high profile athlete from the country has failed a doping test.
Tuwei made the claim in the wake of Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong having been confirmed to have failed an out-of-competition test earlier this month.
Sumgong tested for erythropoietin (EPO), a hormone which boosts red blood cells.
The marathon runner faces the prospect of a four-year ban should her B-sample come back positive.
The test which came back positive had been funded by Abbott World Marathon Majors, a group of six of the world’s leading races.
Kenya has faced increasing pressure over the number of top athletes who have tested positive.
However, Tuwei has made a fresh claim that another Kenyan athlete has failed a test.
“There is another high-profile athlete who has also failed a doping test but we have to wait for legal procedures to be followed,” he told Reuters.
“Obviously, we cannot say who the athlete is.”
Athletics Kenya have also released a statement condemning cheating in sport and reminded athletes they could face legal proceedings should they commit a doping offence.
Culled from insidethegame