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61-year-old Kenyan Coach sent home from #RiOlympics2016 after posing as Athlete



John Anzrah

John Anzrah

A 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.

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.

Anzrah, 61, 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”.

Chairman 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) recalls 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 (about N4 million).

Photo Credit: Standard Media

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Red

    August 12, 2016 at 6:42 am

    As an African, reading this kind of news, I don’t even know whether to laugh…. Or hide my face in shame! ???…

    In second thoughts, abegi biko, this is toooooooooooo funny! ????????☺??????. Kai!!!!! Africa, my Africa! We hail thee ??????

  2. Red

    August 12, 2016 at 6:43 am


  3. Dr. N

    August 12, 2016 at 8:29 am

    “We dont even know how he got there!”

  4. Adio_Braimoh

    August 12, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Kenya has been “fantastically cheat” in athletics from time immemorial.

    • ProudKenyan

      August 12, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      What do you mean? Time immemorial? Our long distance runners run mostly for the cash prizes. They are people who see the championships as their only hope. Why would they cheat? Who will even buy them the drugs?
      Maybe now ( last 5-10 yrs) they have started but we never used to cheat.

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