By Samuel Ouma
After testing positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition test at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games, Kenyan sprinter Mark Otieno has been suspended.
The new development came as a massive blow to the 100m sprinter who was set to participate in the preliminaries later on Saturday afternoon.
Otieno’s samples were taken on July 28 (Wednesday) and went into the lab the following day. He told the testing agency that he had taken diclophenac, food supplements, and a cramps blocker, denying any knowledge of the violation, and requested a re-analysis of his B sample.
“We have received communication from the International Testing Agency regarding on our sprinters who has had an adverse analytical finding on his Urine sample he provided on July 28. For now he remains provisionally suspended from participating in his event,” said Team Kenya Chief de Mission Waithaka Kioni.
Kenya is yet to win any medal in the ongoing games, which entered day nine today.