Kenyan Coach Sent Home from #Rio2016 After Posing as an Athlete
A Kenyan athletics coach has been sent home from the Rio 2016 Olympics after posing as an athlete to give urine sample in a doping test.
Sprint coach John Anzrah was banished from the Games after his plan to impersonate an athlete during a doping test came unstuck, Daily Mail writes.
He is presently in detention in the Kenyan capital Nairobi where he’ll be questioned by a magistrate.
Anzrah, who doubles as the sprint coach for the specially formed African refugees team, becomes the second Kenyan official to be sent home from the Games over drugs allegations.
Chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) and former running champion, Kip Keino said: “He presented himself as an athlete, gave the urine sample and even signed the documents.
“We cannot tolerate such behaviour.
“We don’t even know how he came here because we (NOCK) did not facilitate his travel here”’ he added in a telephone interview from Rio after a Kenyan media outlet reported Mr Anzrah had been sent home.
However, a senior source at Kenya’s running federation, Athletics Kenya (AK), said he had spoken to the concerned athlete who claims Anzrah used his accreditation purely to obtain free meals from athletes’ village.
Anzrah, a former African sprint champion, is said to have worn the accreditation badge of men’s 800m runner Ferguson Rotich, who was fourth in the Beijing World Championships last year and currently on the list of WADA for out of competition dope testing.
The shock suspension will also reopen questions about Kenya’s involvement in doping programmes which was under scrutiny ahead of the Rio games. At least 40 of the country’s track and field athletes have been banned since the 2012 Olympics.
Last week, Kenya sent their track and field manager Michael Rotich home from the Games following allegations by the Sunday Times that he agreed to take a £10,000 bribe in exchange for helping athletes beat doping tests.