Rio Olympics: 61-Year-Old Kenyan Coach Sent Home For Impersonating Athlete

Rio Olympics: 61-Year-Old Kenyan Coach Sent Home For Impersonating Athlete

By City Editor | The Trent on August 14, 2016
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John Anzrah, a 61-year-old Kenyan athletics coach, has been sent home from the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio in Brazil, after posing as an athlete and giving a urine sample.

Kenyan team officials said sprint coach John Anzrah “presented himself” as 800 metres medal hopeful Ferguson Rotich and “even signed the documents” for the doping test.

“We cannot tolerate such behaviour,” said Kip Keino, chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya.

Rotich, who finished fourth at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, is set to race in the heats on Friday(today), August 13, 2016.

The athlete’s agent, Marc Corstjens, said Rotich lent Anzrah his pass so the coach could get a free breakfast in the Olympic Village on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

Anzrah, was then allegedly approached by a doping control officer who was looking for Rotich and asked to provide a urine sample, which the coach did.

“Ferguson is completely confused as to why he would do this but the good news is that he found out straight away and went to the drug-tester and gave them blood and urine samples,” said Corstjens.

The International Olympic Committee, IOC, has opened disciplinary proceedings into the matter, but praised Kenya’s Olympic body for its “swift action”.

Keino said the committee had not facilitated Anzrah’s travel to Brazil, adding: “We don’t even know how he came here”.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Anzrah is the second Kenyan official to be sent home over doping issues after track and field manager, Michael Rotich.

He was dismissed following allegations that he was prepared to warn coaches about drugs tests in return for £10,000.

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