Former Hamburg marathon bronze medalist Jacob Kendagor has had his suspension lifted after a Disciplinary Tribunal threw out charges of him failing anti-doping tests.
In July, Kendagor was forced to stay out of competition for an initial period of two years after he failed to submit or avail himself to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) officials to conduct the tests on him.
Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) then suspended him and took the case to the Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal.
“The charge of evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection, a violation of the IAAF anti-doping rules, was dismissed. The AIU is considering appealing the decision on behalf of World Athletics,” said a statement from AIU, “Following a decision of the Disciplinary Tribunal, the AIU has lifted the provisional suspension of Jacob Kendagor of Kenya.”
It is the first of many cases that an athlete has had his suspension lifted but it does not take the heat off Kenya, which currently has one of the worst doping records.
So far this year, Kenya has seen former Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Joyce Chepkirui, Kendagor and Salome Biwott, Abraham Kiptum, Cyrus Rutto, and Felix Kirwa suspended.
Others are 2017 Tokyo Marathon champion Sarah Chepchirchir, former three-time world 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop, Hilary Kepkosgei Yego, Samson Mungai Kagia, Olympic marathon champion Jemimah Sumgong and Lucy Kabuu.
From 2004 to August 2018, 138 Kenyan athletes tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, according to a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report published in September 2018. The report concluded that nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, corticosteroids, and EPO were the substances most used by local athletes.
Now Kenyans going to the Olympics or the World Championships need to be subjected to four blood and urine tests for in and out of competitions.