John Anzrah sent home from Olympics after posing as Kenyan athlete

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A Kenyan athletics coach has been thrown out of the Olympic Games after posing as an athlete and giving a urine sample.

Sprint coach John Anzrah has been sent home from Rio 2016 after he was found, according to the AP, with an accreditation badge of an athlete scheduled to go for a random doping test.

Anzrah reportedly provided a urine sample under the name of 800-meter runner Ferguson Rotich.


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He was reported to authorities, according to Kenyan team leader Stephen Arap Soi, by doping control officers in the athletes’ village.

Anzrah was then kicked out of the game because "the crime he has committed against Team Kenya”.

'We cannot tolerate such behaviour'

Kip Keino, chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK), is quoted by Sky Sports as saying: "We have sent Anzrah back home. He presented himself as an athlete, gave the urine sample and even signed the documents. We cannot tolerate such behaviour.”

Surprise twist?

But, in an interesting twist, a senior Athletics Kenya source has told BBC Sport that Anzrah had used his accreditation in a bid to obtain free meals from the athletes’ village.

"When the anti-doping officials met him, they assumed he was the athlete and that he was lined up for testing," the source said.

"The coach, for fear of being exposed or discovered, did not explain to the anti-doping guy that he is actually not the athlete. Hence he played along and went for the test."

Second Kenyan to be sen home

Anzrah becomes the second member of the Kenyan team to be sent home from the Olympics, following Major Michael Rotich.

Rotich was dismissed, according to BBC Sport, following allegations that he was prepared to warn coaches about drugs tests in exchange for cash - £10,000, to be exact.

Kenya have yet to win a medal at this summer’s Olympics.

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