Nairobi - Athletics Kenya on Friday banned
two athletes including rising women's 800m runner Agatha Jeruto, after they
were sanctioned by the International Association of Associations (IAAF) for
The IAAF said Jeruto, 21 and marathon
runner, Josephine Jepkorir, 26, had tested positive for the anabolic steroid,
Jeruto, a former African bronze medallist,
tested positive for the banned drug in an out-of-competition test in Kenya in
April, and has been banned for four years.
Jepkorir tested positive during a 10km road
race in Luanda, Angola last December and has been handed a two-year ban.
Athletics Kenya (AK) said the result of the
Luanda race, which Jepkorir won, and in the Ras Al Khaimah International half
marathon in the United Arab Emirates, where she was placed fourth behind
compatriot Mary Kaitany early this year, had been cancelled.
"The athlete will therefore forfeit
all titles, awards, medals, points, prize and appearance money from these
races," AK said in a statement.
The news comes when two other women
athletes, Koki Manunga and Joyce Zakary, are awaiting suspensions from the IAAF
after they failed drug tests during the world championships in Beijing in
The suspensions led to Kenya's Deputy
President William Ruto announcing that the government had set into motion plans
to criminalise doping in the country, in a bid to curb the rising cases of
athletes using performance-enhancing drugs.
There are 38 doping cases involving Kenyan
athletes since 2012, with about 15 of them currently serving bans.
A report by a German television station and
the British newspaper, The Sunday Times, alleged that 18 Kenyans were among one
third of the medallists at Olympic and world championships between 2001 and
2012 who had suspicious blood test results.
Kenya was rocked this year when top
marathon star Rita Jeptoo was banned for two years after being caught doping
with the banned blood-boosting hormone EPO.