Kenyan marathon runner Daniel Wanjiru has been handed a four-year ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit for an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) violation.
The 2017 London Marathon winner was provisionally suspended in April for the “use of a prohibited substance/method” after “abnormalities were found in his athlete biological passport.
Wanjiru insisted that he has never used a banned substance, calling the charge “confusing and frustrating”.
From April 20, 2017 to April 25, 2019, World Athletics collected 16 ABP blood samples from Wanjiru.
The case centered around the sample 14 taken from Wanjiru on March 9, 2019 when he flew to London and competed in the London Half Marathon on March 10 and flew back to Kenya the next day.
The 15th sample was taken on March 13, 2019 in Kenya.
An expert panel explained about the abnormalities in Wanjiru’s 14th sample.
“Besides violation of the ABP individual haemoglobin concentration (HB) and OFF score limit the HB value recorded in sample 14 (19.4 g/l) is extraordinarily high for a healthy young man.
“In this context the extreme, abrupt and transitory increase of HB from 17.4 in sample 13 to 19.4 g/dL in sample 14 does not have any physiological explanation.
“Even in this case, a change of this inordinate rapidity and amplitude (-2.6 g/dL), and in such direction has neither any physiological nor any pathological explanation, in the absence of a severe and certified medical condition associated with loss of a large amount of blood.”
“Increase of HB from sample 13 to sample 14, and its sudden decrease from sample 14 to sample 15 cannot be explained by any other cause than blood manipulation.
“Considering the information… and in the absence of an appropriate explanation, that it is highly likely that a prohibited substance or prohibited method has been used and that it is unlikely that the passport is the result of any other cause.”
The tribunal accepted the expert panel’s view and has banned Wanjiru for four years, with the sanction backdated to December 9, 2019. Wanjiru will remain banned until December 8 2023.
Wanjiru’s ban means that all his results from March 9, 2019 “are disqualified with all resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, titles, ranking points and prize and appearance money”, an AIU statement said.
Wanjiru won the London Marathon in a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 48 seconds in 2017, and finished 8th at the same event the following year.
Uganda Coach McKinstry Names Home-Based Squad For AFCON Qualifier
The Cranes of Uganda Coach Johnathan McKinstry has named home-based stars for their upcoming AFCON 2021 qualifier. He put out a list of 22 home-based stars from which five or six of the players will be considered to be with the main squad of 20 foreign based players he named last week.
McKinstry stated that the home-based team will go through rigorous training and assessment between 2nd and 8th of November, before he makes his final selection.
“As previously announced in addition to the squad of 20 foreign based players for the upcoming double header against South Sudan in the A, we would be looking to adding 5 or 6 Uganda Premier League players to the mix so that they can compete for places in the squad.” Uganda Coach Johnathan McKinstry stated.
“In order to give the local based players the best support, we will be running an advance camp between 2nd and 8th November. In addition to that, we shall be able to have some early arrivals of foreign based players to join this camp in Kampala.”
“The camp will also help the local based players to push their levels higher and hopefully get some minutes on the field against South Sudan.” McKinstry concluded.
Uganda will face South Sudan on November 12 at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende before playing themselves again 4 days later in Nairobi.
Goalkeepers: Alionzi Nafian (URA FC), Lukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Mutakubwa Joel (Kyetume FC).
Defenders: Ndahiro Derrick (Sc Villa), Galiwango Disan (Vipers SC), Willa Paul (Vipers SC), Mandela Ashraf (URA), Iguma Denis (KCCA FC), Kato Samuel (KCCA FC), Juuko Murushid (Express FC), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC), Mbowa Patrick (URA FC).
Midfielders: Mawejje Tony (Police FC), Kyeyune Saidi (URA FC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Watambala Kairm (Vipers SC), Owori David (Sc Villa), Anukani Bright (KCCA FC).
Forwards: Oriti Ibrahim (Vipers Sc), Karisa Milton (Vipers SC), Mukwala Stephen (URA FC), Ahebwa Brian (KCCA FC).
AFCON Qualifier: Mozambique Coach Confident Ahead Cameroon Game
Mozambique’s football team coach, Luis Goncalves, is optimistic his boys will put up a good performance against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in their upcoming Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) qualifier next month.
Cameroon and Os Mambas of Mozambique play a double-header in November with the West African’s playing hosts on November 12 while travelling for the reverse fixture on November 16.
The Mambas of Mozambique are in Group F alongside Cameroon, Rwanda and Cape Verde.
Gonclaves said on Monday in Lagos on telephone that the international friendly matches his team played against Angola and Guinea Bissau would assist them to prepare for the AFCON qualifying double header against Cameroon.
“We have learnt lessons from the friendly matches. It was important for us to play the friendly matches after the COVID-19 break because Angola and Guinea Bissau are strong teams.
“We have analysed our performances and will make necessary corrections,’’ he said.
The Portuguese-born manager said it was too early to say if there would be changes in the team that would play against Cameroon.
“We have some injuries in the team. Our evaluation of the two international friendlies are important and that is key to determine if there will be changes.
“Whatever decision we take at the end, we will do our best when we meet Cameroon,’’ Goncalves said.
Kenya Vs. Comoros: Ghost Names 40-Man Provisional Squad
Kenya’s coach, Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee, has named a 40-man provisional squad for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Comoros.
The encounter, a double-header, is scheduled for next month. The first leg will be played at the MISC Kasarani on November 11, at 7 pm, under floodlights, while the second leg has been slated for November 15, away in Moroni.
Mulee recalled experienced Finland-based goalkeeper Arnold Origi in a move aimed at adding a touch of experience to the team.
Captain Victor Wanyama, J-League top scorer Michael Olunga and Belgium-based Johanna Omollo, who missed out on the friendly match against Zambia, have also been called upon for the qualifiers which will be played next month.
Gor Mahia’s rookie forward Benson Omala and Sofapaka captain Elli Asieche, meanwhile, have also been included in the squad.
Local-based players are expected to kick off non-residential training on Wednesday while their foreign-based counterparts are set to start checking in on November 2.
The team, then, shall have been trimmed to the final 20 that will do duty for Kenya.
The full squad
Goalkeepers: Arnold Origi (HIFK, Finland), Robert Mboya (Tusker,), Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks,), Ian Otieno (Zesco United, Zambia), Timothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars);
Defenders: Johnstone Omurwa (Wazito), Brian Mandela (Unattached), Joash Onyango (Simba, Tanzania), Daniel Sakari (Kariobangi Sharks) Andrew Juma (Gor Mahia), Mike Kibwage (Sofapaka), Joseph Okumu (Elfsborg, Sweden), Samuel Olwande (Kariobangi Sharks), Baraka Badi (KCB ), David Owino (Zesco United, Zambia), Hillary Wandera (Tusker ), Eric Ouma (AIK, Sweden), David Owino (Mathare United);
Midfielders: Kenneth Muguna (Gor Mahia), Victor Wanyama (Impact Montreal, Canada), Ismael Gonzalez (UD Las Palmas, Spain), Eric Johanna Omondi (Jonkoping’s Sodra, Sweden), Cliff Nyakeya (Masr FC, Egypt), Anthony Akumu (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Musa Masika (Wazito), Bonface Muchiri (Tusker) Lawrence Juma (Sofapaka), Johanna Omolo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Ayub Timbe (Unattached), Peter Thion’go (AFC Leopards), Hassan Abdallah (Bandari), Elli Asieche (Sofapaka), Matthew Olake (Unattached), Moses Mudavadi (Kakamega Homeboyz), Austin Odhiambo (AFC Leopards);
Forwards: Michael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan), Benson Omala (Gor Mahia), Masud Juma (JS Kabylie, Algeria), John Avire (Tanta FC, Egypt), Oscar Wamalwa (Ulinzi Stars);
Reserves: Dennis Sikhayi (Wazito), James Kinyanjui (Mathare United)
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