Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
On 29th June 2020, Florence Jepkosgei Chepsoi was arraigned before the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Eldoret and charged with the offence of presenting false documents to the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya. In 2017, the athlete had been charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation. She had participated in a race in China and tested positive for prednisolone which is a prohibited substance. She appeared before the Sports Disputes Tribunal for the hearing of that matter. In her Defence she presented medical documents purportedly from the Uasin Gishu District Hospital. The documents were to the effect that she had received treatment at the said hospital.
ADAK’s Investigations and Intelligence Gathering Unit proceeded to conduct verification of those medical documents. Uasin Gishu District Hospital confirmed that those medical documents had been forged and that the athlete had not been treated or seen at the said hospital.
This revelation led to the athlete’s arraignment before court. She was charged pursuant to section 42 (1) paragraph (e) of the Anti-Doping Act. She pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. The case will be heard on 13th August 2020.
ADAK shall continue prosecuting athletes and their Support Personnel found culpable of Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) in line with the laid down legal framework. We wish to reiterate that we will not relent in the fight against doping. This is a resolve which has received support from the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage and measures have been taken for a zero tolerance of the vice.
Athletes are encouraged to participate in clean sports thus promoting integrity. Any athlete found to have violated the provisions of the Anti-Doping Act will be dealt with firmly. ADAK promises to root out this immoral culture through the criminal justice system.
• This media release was published by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) on 2 July 2020. Click here for the original.
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