It is a sad day as Kenya has seen one of her finest sprinters suspended from the Olympics 100 m dash after his urine sample tested positive for androgens, which are banned illegal substances that encourage muscle development. Mark Otieno has said that he has no recollection of what could have caused a positive reading and has subsequently requested an analysis of his B urine sample team Kenya officials have called for his case to be treated as innocent till proven guilty. He has also issued a statement on his social media platforms that says:
By now, the whole world is aware that my name was removed from the start list of the 100m men's competition due to a positive test for banned substances. we have appealed the result and decision and requested for further tests.
"As we honor the due process undergoing, I want to categorically state and be on record that I have never been involved in doping of any kind. My integrity as an athlete and an individual is paramount to me, and I hold in great honor the opportunity I have been given to represent my country on this global stage, as I have done many times in the past. As such, I would never engage in any activity that would jeopardize me or my team mates.
Representing my country in the Olympics is a dream that I have had for many years, and it is truly devastating that this dream, and the trust all my supporters and country have placed in me, has been cut short.
Representing God is the most important to me, and He has been good to bring me this far. I believe He will take me even farther.
I remain hopeful of clearing my name and continuing my athletic journey.
Mark Otieno Odhiambo"
Meanwhile his compatriot Omanyala is through to the semis after finishing third in heat five and to him we wish good luck and for the unfortunate Mark we do hope that the truth will be established.
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