Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has been handed a four-year ban by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) after testing positive for banned substance EPO in April.
In the 31 October decision (PDF below), ADAK details evidence that medical documents were faked regarding Sumgong’s alleged receipt of EPO as part of treatment for an ectopic pregnancy.
In the hearing, which took place on 18 October, Sumgong alleged that she had received treatment including a blood transfusion and ‘unidentified medication’ at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) on 22 February 2017.
She argued that she had not disclosed this information to anyone, including her husband and former coach, Noah Talam, due to local taboos associated with the condition.
She provided treatment sheets to ADAK, however following checks of her medical records, the KNH denied that she had been treated on 22 February, but confirmed a subsequent consultative visit on 18 April concerning ectopic pregnancy – after her 28 February AAF.
‘This response is contained in a detailed letter from the Hospital dated 9 June 2017, in which the Hospital sets out in some detail the procedure for record keeping and retrieval and asserts quite emphatically that the medical sheets provided by the Athlete were not authentic’, reads the decision.