Leading agent released on bail as doping investigation continues in Kenya

July 9, 2016 0

From Inside the Games

Federico Rosa has been released on bail after prosecutors were given more time to investigate the medical records of the agent, who has been accused of contravening new doping laws in Kenya.

Rosa appeared in court yesterday in Kibera with the Italian currently being investigated for conspiracy to cause injuries to professional athletes through doping.

It followed Rosa and his father, Gabriele, being subject to questioning by Kenyan police in connection with an ongoing doping investigation.

Hotel rooms belonging to the two leading agents, whose company represented banned Kenyan athletes such as Rita Jeptoo, had been searched by police during the country’s Olympic trials in Eldoret.

According to Kenyan publication The Star, the prosecution will decide next Thursday (July 14) whether Rosa will be charged or released, with the agent currently on a 300,000 Kenyan Shilling bond (£2,290/$2,965/€2,687).

They have denied any involvement with any doping case relating to Kenyan athletes.

The Olympic Summit, held in Lausanne last month, also decided that all International Federations (IFs) should undertake special testing of Russian and Kenyan athletes before making a decision “on an individual basis” whether they can compete at Rio 2016.

Around 40 from the country have tested positive for banned drugs since 2012, with three-time Boston Marathon champion Jeptoo one of the leading names to have been banned for doping.

Jeptoo was suspended in 2014 for two years following a positive test for Erythropoietin (EPO).

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