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WATCH: Three arrested over Kenya doping video

11 July 2016, 11:59

Nairobi - Three people have been arrested by Kenyan authorities over a video showing athletes allegedly doping.

The report on Citizen TV said that the video, which was part of an exposé by German TV channel ARD and British newspaper The Sunday Times, indicated that a section of athletes training at Iten, in Kenya's famed Rift Valley training camps had been using Erythropoietin EPO drugs to boost their energy.

Chairperson of the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya Jasper Rugut said in the report that three individuals had been arrested by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations DCI over the matter.

The video, taken in three major Kenyan cities, the Capital Nairobi, Coastal city Mombasa and Eldoret in the Rift Valley, showed what appeared to be athletes being taken through doping drills.

BBC further stated that it knew the UK Anti-Doping agency (Ukad) had begun an investigation and expressed "grave concern" over claims by two Kenyan doctors they gave banned performance-enhancing drugs to British athletes.

However, in a statement, UK Athletics as quoted by the BBC described the Sunday Times' allegations as "vague and unsubstantiated", and encouraged the newspaper to "provide full details of all of the individuals and information in its article as a matter of urgency so that the claims can be investigated in a timely manner".

With the allegations already out, the focus had swiftly moved to the identity of the athletes, with ABC news reporting that the four British athletes accused of doping with EPO "in and around" the British track and field team's high-altitude training camp in Iten,  were not named, although the Sunday Times said it knew the identity of at least one of them, and said that the athlete was already under suspicion for doping.

Kenya has in recent times been faced with a backlash over increased doping fears. The East African country is one of the most successful nations in middle and long distance running in the world and recently faced a ban for not enacting anti doping legislation, which was finally passed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in late June after fears the country could miss out on the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.

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