Kenyan Sports Agent Charged Over Doping Scandal.

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Italian sports agent Federico Rosa was charged in a Kenyan court on June 14, 2016, over the alleged use of prohibited performance enhancing substances on local athletes.

Prosecutors allege that Rosa who was arrested last week along with his father Gabriele who has not been charged was involved in administering a prohibited substance through a prohibited method in the town of Eldoret close to Kenya’s famous high-altitude training town of Iten.

Mr Rosa, 30, has denied all six counts leveled against him in court in Nairobi.

The charge sheet accuses Rosa of doping Jeptoo in 2014 and another runner, Elijah Boit, between 2004 and 2008 after testing positive for blood boosting drug EPO.

Kenya passed emergency new anti-doping measures in May to avoid a ban on its athletes attending the Olympic Games in Rio.

Rosa and Associati manage several top Kenyan and African athletes, including former Olympic and three-time 1500m world champion Asbel Kiprop, world 800m bronze medallist Eunice Sum and reigning London marathon champion Jemima Sumgong all of whom are members of Kenya’s Rio Olympics team.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said last month that competitors from Russia and Kenya, given the recent history of doping in both countries, would have to be screened individually before being allowed to participate in the Rio Games next month in Brazil.

Russia has become the first country in sporting history to have its athletics team banned by the IAAF from an Olympic games because of doping offences.

 

 

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