Kenyan Jemima Sumgong has failed a drug test after testing positove for a banned substance EPO.
The reigning London and Olympic marathon champion failed the test during the of competition test carried out by athletics’ governing body, the IAAF.
Jemima Sumgong who was the first Kenyan to win an an olympic marathon gold at Rio 2016 and was due o defend the title won at the London Marathon last year on 23rd April,2017.
Kenya was declared to have breach the anti-doipng rules with athletes undergoing special testing for last summer Olympics but were deemed “non-compliant” by the World Anti-Doping Agency, hence their reinstatement.
Sumsong is provisionally suspended for all track events and will face anctions if her B-sample also tests positive.
The IAAF said in a statement that;
“We can confirm that an anti-doping rule violation case concerning Jemima Sumgong (Kenya) has commenced this week.”
“The athlete tested positive for EPO (Erythropoietin) following a no-notice test conducted in Kenya.
“This was part of an enhanced IAAF out-of-competition testing programme dedicated to elite marathon runners which is supported by the Abbott World Marathon Majors group.”
Sumgong drug failure was a shock to the London Marathon organisers as they said;
“We are “extremely disappointed” by Sumgong’s positive test, adding: “We are determined to make marathon running a safe haven from doping.”
Between 2011 and 2016, more than 40 Kenyan track-and-field athletes failed doping tests and is a worry to the Kenyan Sports Ministry.