Rio Olympic marathon silver medallist and Kenyan national coach suspended

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The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on Tuesday that Eunice Kirwa of Bahrain has been provisionally suspended for testing positive for the banned blood-boosting drug Erythropoietin (EPO). Kirwa took the silver medal position at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the marathon.

Kenyan Jemima Sumgong has already been suspended and banned for eight years – she won gold.

Kirwa won bronze at the 2015 IAAF World Track and Field Championships. She has won several other events.

She is married to Joshua Kemei. Kemei coaches Abraham Kiptum who was also suspended by the AIU.

Kirwa is Kenyan, who switched allegiances to Bahrain, a common practice for Kenyan athletes who can’t make their domestic team.

Meanwhile, the Kenyan Olympic athletics coach who was sent home from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games has officially been banned for 10 years. On Wednesday, it was announced that the bribe-seeking, extortionist aided athletes in beating doping tests.

Michael Rotich was banned following a three-year investigation. Apparently, he was fined $5000 and $14,000 respectively for penalty and procedural costs.

Rotich was apparently captured on video offering EPO to British athletes. Additionally, he provided warning of imminent out-of-competition tests, like the case of Asbel Kiprop.

Kiprop was banned after he tested positive, but claimed that he paid off the testers and was warned of the impending out-of-competition test.

Kiprop appeared to be cheating on video with his training partner’s wife to get back at him for apparently reporting him to authorities. She apparently attempted suicide and ended up in the hospital.

Kiprop took to social media threatening potential violence or suicide – he later surrendered his firearm.

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