Former national 100m record holder Kenya’s Mark Otieno, has tested positive for a banned substance, Team Kenya said in a statement, and will not take part in the Olympic qualifying heats on Saturday, July 31st, 2021.
“We have received communication this afternoon from International Testing Agency (ITA) regarding one of our sprinters who has had an Adverse analytical finding on a urine sample he provided on 28 July 2021,” said Waithaka Kioni, Team Kenya’s Head of Delegation.
“He remains provisionally suspended from participating in his event today. The sprinter is fully aware of this communication and is in receipt of the letter from ITA.”
“He has, however, denied any knowledge of the violation and has subsequently requested a re-analysis of his B urine sample,” Kioni said.
The ITA said in a statement that the sample was collected under the testing authority of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during an out-of-competition anti-doping control on July 28 in Tokyo.
“The athlete has challenged the imposition of the provisional suspension and the case has been referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s Anti-Doping Division,” the ITA said.
Otieno, who has a personal best of 10.05 seconds, finished second at the national trials last month.