Kenya marathon star Kipsang jailed for breaking virus curfew

2020-04-03 15:03
Wilson Kipsang (File)

Kenya's former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang spent the night in jail after being arrested drinking and playing pool with a large group after a night time curfew, police said on Friday.

Kipsang, who claimed the world record during the 2013 Berlin marathon, is a police officer who is currently under provisional suspension from the World Integrity Anti-Doping Unit (AIU).

He pleaded guilty in a court on Friday and was released on bail of 5 000 shillings (R855).

"We arrested Kipsang and nine others, including one of the administrators of the county at the Keelu Resort club drinking and playing pool at 22:00," Iten county police commander John Mwinzi told AFP.

Western Iten attracts thousands of elite Kenyan and foreign athletes who flock into the small town, located at 2 400m above sea level, for altitude training.

"This is a very serious offence. These people are respected and they are supposed to lead by example and not breaking the government orders."

Kenya has imposed a 19:00-05:00 curfew in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Mwinzi has also ordered the arrest of 12 athletes, including two foreigners found training in a group on Monday for disobeying directives on social distance.

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