800m runner of Kenyan origin, Nelly Jepkosgei will not have the opportunity to run in the colors of her new country Bahrain next August.
The epilogue of an incredible affair.
On March 18, 2020, the half-cross-country skier first missed a doping control, according to her, due to a car accident.
Absent at home, her husband tells the authorities that the athlete had to urgently join his sister, the victim of a serious road accident in Kenya.
Jepkosgei, 29, went so far as to present a false certificate from the hospital where her sister was supposed to be.
She confesses a few months later
After an investigation by the Kenya Anti-Doping Agency, the IAU (Athletics Integrity Unit) body founded by World Athletics (International Athletics Federation) to combat doping in athletics, delivered its judgment stating that this excuse had been fabricated.
The hospital concerned has indeed confirmed to the authorities that the document presented by the athlete was false.
No file dealing with her sister's accident has also been put together by the police.
A few months later, under the clear evidence, Nelly Jepkosgei confesses to having lied.
The sanction is then four years of suspension but his confession allows him to reduce to three years an effective sentence since February 1, 2021.
Nelly Jepkosgei will therefore have to wait before being able to run for Bahrain.
Her last races date back to 2019. A year when she won the 800m at the Rabat meeting, stage of the Diamond League circuit.