It has been reported that Jemima Sumgong, the Kenyan long-distance runner who won the marathon at last year’s Rio Olympics and the London marathon, has tested positive for a banned substance that is known for performance enhancing.
According to the world athletics body, the IAAF, it was revealed in an out-of-competition test that she had traces of the blood-booster EPO.
It is said to delay the onset of fatigue, enabling an athlete to run harder and for longer period. There’s been no word so far about what action the authorities will take as a result of the test.
Kenya was last year declared in breach of anti-doping rules, and athletes underwent special testing for Rio 2016. The East African country was deemed “non-compliant” by the World Anti-Doping Agency, but was reinstated before last summer’s Games.
Sadly, it has been recorded that, between 2011 and 2016, more than 40 Kenyan track-and-field athletes failed doping tests.