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The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has apologised for Sharing incorrect information about Kenyan athlete Mark Otieno Odhiambo related to his alleged positive doping test.

Odhiambo faces charges for allegedly using the banned anabolic steroid methasterone.

Odhiambo was to compete in the Tokyo Olympic Games for Kenya, however, he failed to start the men’s 100-metre sprint due to the positive sample.

In June of 2021, another adverse analytical finding, which was confirmed by an accredited laboratory in Bloemfontein in August last year, put his career on hold.

On social media and on the AIU’s website, the agency had accused Odhiambo of tampering with the testing process.

A press statement by the AIU read, “Information posted recently on the Athletics Integrity Unit’s website and its Twitter account erroneously stated that Mark Otieno Odhiambo was charged with tampering.”

“The AIU apologises for this error and confirms that Mr. Odhiambo’s case only concerns the presence/use of a prohibited substance. 

“That case is currently before the Disciplinary Tribunal and no further comment will be made whilst the matter is pending.”

The 29-year-old owns a best of 10.05 from June 2021. He has run the 200m as fast as 20.41 from back in 2017. Odhiambo has run internationally for Kenya primarily as a member of their relay teams. He is a three-time national champion.