Editor’s note: LetsRun.com received the following emailed statement this afternoon about the doping ban for two-time world xc champ Emily Chebet from the International Athletics Consultancy, the agency that represents Chebet. Chebet’s agent was Zane Branson who tragically died this summer.
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA NOVEMBER 27th, 2015
Earlier today (Friday, November 27th, 2015) Kenyan media have reported that two-time World Cross Country Champion, Emily Chebet Muge, has been sanctioned by Athletics Kenya, effective July 17th, 2015, for period of 4 (four) years, after being found guilty of using the prohibited substance – Furosemide.
The late Zane Branson (Emily’s IAAF Authorized Athletes’ Representative) and International Athletics Consultancy have learned about this devastating development related to out-of-competition test (June 4th, 2015) and subsequent Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) on July 7th, 2015 and almost five months later we remain equally shocked and saddened.
In order to assist stakeholders, interested media and fans, we have decided to communicate following facts:
– International Athletics Consultancy, nor any of its service providers, are involved in any shape or form in pharmacological assistance of clients we work with-and-for.
International Athletics Consultancy doesn’t condone any breach of rules and regulations governed by the ethics of sport, Olympism, IAAF, WADA and national federations. All clients of International Athletics Consultancy are advised to independently seek expertise in relation to WADA’s List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, Therapeutic Use Exemptions and Athlete Biological Passport.
– After learning of said AAF, Emily has decided not to opt for testing of B-Sample and has been provisionally suspended on July 17th, 2015.
– Due to travel through Ethiopia and Kenya, late Zane Branson was to meet with Emily in late July, to properly discuss developments, as most of communication (between days on which AAF was reported and on which Provisional Sanctioning was communicated) was indirect and though our Kenyan associate or Emily’s husband, Edward Muge.
– I met Emily after Kenyan National Trials for 2015 World Championships in Athletics and we have discussed this heartbreaking development and Emily communicated shock and confusion, with sabotage or medical negligence being mentioned as potential explanations, especially as Emily was on medication for toothache and strong headaches at the time of said out-of-competition test.
– During following months we were not able to learn anything that will provide any sort of explanation or context for said AAF and subsequent sanctioning.
– Emily’s AAF is first and only AAF for any of clients International Athletics Consultancy works with-and-for.
Davor Savija, Manager, Special Projects for International Athletics Consultancy.
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