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New doping claim rocks Kenyan athletics

Reporter: Celestine Karoney 丨 CCTV.com

08-08-2016 09:32 BJT

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The Kenyan Olympic team has found itself in the middle of yet another doping scandal -- this time involving a member of its management team. German broadcaster ARD claims Athletics Manager, Michael Rotich asked for a bribe to forewarn athletes about doping tests.

News that a Kenyan athletics official is being asked to return home following allegations over activity which would undermine anti-doping controls has put the country back on the doping spotlight.

CCTV has however learned the official in question, Michael Rotich, the athletics team manager, was still in Rio's athlete's village as of Saturday evening.

Kenya's chef de mission to the games Stephen Soi confirmed to CCTV that he has revoked Rotich's position within the team and asked him to leave the games even as he insists investigations will still be carried out over the matter. 

The fresh scandal comes after Kenya was declared compliant of the World Anti-doping agency code following a non-compliant verdict in May, welcome news in many quarters.

Kenya enjoyed a successful world athletics championship in 2015 where the running nation finished top of the standings for the very first time in the history at the competition.

The country is expected to build on this performance here at the Rio Olympics,  but the timing of this fresh allegation will be an unwelcome distraction with the track and field events set to begin on Friday.

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