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Anti-Doping Whip On Kenyan Sprinter

 

 

Kenyan sprinter Mark Otieno has tested positive for a banned drug, according to Team Kenya, and will not compete in the Olympic qualifying heats on Saturday.

 Waithaka Kioni, Team Kenya's Head of Delegation, said, "We received communication this afternoon from the International Testing Agency (ITA) regarding one of our sprinters who had an Adverse analytical finding on a urine sample he supplied on July 28, 2021."

"Today, he is still provisionally barred from competing in his event. The sprinter is fully informed about this information and has received the ITA letter."

"Yes," a Team Kenya spokeswoman said when asked if he could confirm that the sprinter in question was Mark Otieno.

"However, he has denied any knowledge of the breach and has requested that his B urine sample be re-analyzed," Kioni said.

The sample was obtained on July 28 in Tokyo under the testing authority of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during an out-of-competition anti-doping control, according to the ITA.

The athlete has appealed the provisional suspension, and the issue has been referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport – Anti-Doping Division, according to the ITA.

Last month, Otieno, who has a personal best of 10.05 seconds, came in second at the national trials.

He told Reuters earlier this month that he was looking forward to altering people's minds about Kenya in the 100m, a distance in which the east African nation, which is one of the world's most successful long-distance running nations, has struggled. With Otieno's withdrawal, Kenya's only entrant in the men's 100m at the Games is Ferdinand Omanyala.

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