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2018 Mr Kenya winner stripped off title for using a banned substance

SPORTS By Ernest Ndunda | May 11th 2020
Kenya Bodybuilding Federation (KBBF) chairman Chris Omedo (right) and one of the sponsors Rajesh Maini (left) declare Gabriel “Iron Shaffi’ Mukundi the new Mr Kenya at the Nairobi Hospital Convention Centre Auditorium on November 3, 2018. [Photo: Courtesy]

Gabriel Mukundi, the 2018 Mr Kenya winner, has been stripped off the title after he was banned for two years for using a banned substance (stanozolol).

Kenya Body Building Federation (KBBF), through its Chairman Chris Omedo, has handed over the title to George Henry Odhiambo, who was a runner up to Mukundi.

Announcing the ban, Omedo said Marvin Mukoswa and Moses Musilwa were banned for two years for using another prohibited substance (Furosemide).

Mukoswa and Masilwa tested positive during the Mr Greater Western championship held on May 4,2018 at the Agha Khan Hall Kisumu.

The three lodged a complaint with the Sports Tribunal where the case was heard and a ruling was made that saw Anti Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) to sanction the three.

The ban comes after Adak sanctioned three other bodybuilders. Former Mr Kenya Michael Obuya tested positive to a banned drug (Methylthexamine) and his ban ended last week. Arnold Sanya was banned for the use of Cannabinoids.

Another female bodybuilder Sheetal Kotak was banned for using Norandrosterone and served her ban to January 17 this year.

He said the bodybuilders serving bans will not participate, organise or associate themselves with training any person until they complete their suspension.

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