By CHRIS MUSUMBA
Rose Jepkemboi Chesire has lost Sh3.5 million in prize money after she was slapped with a one-year ban having failed a mandatory dope test, taken immediately after winning the Macau International Galaxy Marathon in China last year.
Athletics Kenya (AK) secretary general David Okeyo confirmed that Chesire, 27, will be in the cold until January 19 next year after she failed in her defence when summoned before the federation medical commission chaired by Maurice Siminyu.
The news is a major blow to the efforts being done by AK to sensitise athletes against use of banned drugs or performance enhancements to boost their functioning in international competition.
Chesire joins a lean list of athletes from Kenya who have been banned for failing drug test.
Cocktail of drugs
In the process, she also lost the national womenâs 400m national record of 50.82 seconds ran at the Kenyan Olympics trials in Nairobi.
Other Kenyans who have been banned for doping include road racer, Pamela Chepchumba (2003), Lydia Cheromei (Clomiphene) in 2006 and Susan Chepkemei (Salbutamol) 2007.
With almost a 100 per cent domination of road races and marathon in the world, Kenyans are the most tested athletes in the world both in and out of competition. For over two decades only five have been found guilty, all for their own ignorance.