Top story Kenyan athletics coach sent home from Rio 2016 for impersonating an athlete

August 12, 2016 0

From Inside the Games

Kenya have suffered a further blow on the eve of the Olympic athletics competition as coach John Anzrah has been sent home from Rio 2016 for impersonating an athlete and providing a urine sample.

Anzrah was due to coach the sprint team for the Games but was found to be in possession of a competitor’s accreditation, according to Reuters, reportedly that of Ferguson Rotich, who was fourth in the 800 metres at last year’s World Championships.

The incident involving the former Kenyan athlete, who represented his country at the 1987 World Championships, was confirmed by National Olympic Committee of Kenya head Kip Keino, who received the OIympic Laurel at the Opening Ceremony last Friday (August 5).

“We have sent Anzrah back home,” he said.

“He presented himself as an athlete, gave the urine sample and even signed the documents.

“We cannot tolerate such behaviour.”

It has been reported that Anzrah was found out when doping officers in Rio noticed his face did not match the badge he was carrying.

It comes after fellow coach Michael Rotich was also expelled from the Games for his involvement in an alleged doping bribery case, meaning two officials within the Kenyan athletics team have been ordered to return home before the event has even got underway.

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