Two Kenyan athletes have been suspended from athletics activities and competitions after testing positive for prohibited substances.
Philemon Kacheran Lokedi and Tabitha Gichia Wambui were suspended by the Athletic Integrity Unit (AIU) after testing positive for doping.
Kacheran tested positive for the presence of a prohibited substance (Trimetazidine) while Gichia tested positive for the presence of a prohibited substance (exogenous Testosterone).
Eglay Nafuna Nalyanya was added to the list of athletes with pending charges for testing positive for the presence of a prohibited substance (19-Norandrosterone).
“The AIU has provisionally suspended Philemon Kacheran Lokedi of Kenya with immediate effect after the athlete tested positive for exogenous Testosterone, a prohibited substance under the 2022 WADA Prohibited List.
“The Disciplinary Tribunal has banned Kenya’s Tabitha Gichia Wambui for seven years for testing positive for Norandrosterone (a metabolite of nandrolone) and for Tampering.
“Meanwhile, another Kenyan athlete, Eglay Nafuna Nalyanya, has the same charges pending before the tribunal,” the AIU statement read in part.
Gichia - who is a middle and long-distance runner - claimed that she had taken the drugs as a prescription before she revealed that the medical documents she had submitted to explain the First Adverse Analytical Finding and the Second Adverse Analytical Finding were fabricated.
The 37-year-old athlete was given a one-year reduction for her early admission and acceptance of sanction.