IAAF doubles Sumgong’s doping ban to 8 years

Jemima Jelagat Sumgong celebrates winning the women's marathon during the August 2016 Rio Games. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Kenya’s Olympic word champion Jemima Jelagat Sumgong has had her doping ban doubled to 8 years after being found guilty of submitting a false medical report.

Sumgong had been banned for 4 years in 2017 after being found guilty of submitting false records after failing a doping test.

The Olympic champion had been tested positive for (R-EPO) throughout competition test conducted in 2017 in Kapsabet.

Sumgong had claimed that she was injected with an EPO by an imposter during a doctors strike however on Friday the IAAF found that that claim was false as the hospital said that the hospital records she produced were fake.

“It can only be analyzed as a deliberate attempt to prevent the administration of justice in her case, Perjury and forgery inevitably go beyond the bounds of legitimate defense under any civilized system of law.”Brett Clothier, the head of the Athletics Integrity Unit said after the ban was issued.

Sumgong has committed an Anti-Doping rule violation (ADRV) of interfering with any part of a Doping Control in accordance with article 2.5 ADR.