Jemima Sumgong was suspended for eight years by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Friday. The Kenyan Olympic champion is accused of obstructing a doping investigation.
Jemima Sumgong, the first Kenyan Olympic champion, was sentenced to eight years of suspension on Friday (January 25th). The track and field champion was sentenced for trying to interfere with the investigation of a positive test for COOL. She is accused of lying and providing false documents, said Friday the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).
In fact, Jemima Sumgong was tested positive out of competition at EPO, just five months after being crowned in Rio in 2016. The 34-year-old explained that she “received an injection of EPO and a blood transfusion in a Kenyan hospital following a ruptured ectopic pregnancy, which she had provided the written statement by a doctor “ . reports LeSoir.be. The investigators found that the allegations were false and the Kenyan did not “visit the hospital on the date indicated”, which the court described as an obstruction of justice.
The UIA welcomes this decision, a recurrence for Jemima Sumgong
The Athletics Integrity Unit (UIA) is pleased with the suspension of Jemima. ” We welcome the decision of the disciplinary court ,” commented his director, Brett Clothier, who told AFP. ” We hope this sends a message to the doped that IAU has significant investigative capacity and does not tolerate the manipulation of evidence, ” he said.
Jemima Sumgong is not new to these practices. In 2012, she was sentenced to two years of suspension, reduced to one year on appeal in a doping case with Prednisolone, a banned steroid.