Kenyan athletics chief suspended over bribery allegations

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Athletics Kenya (AK) chief executive Isaac Mwangi has been provisionally suspended from all positions within Athletics Kenya and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after it was alleged he asked athletes for bribes to reduce doping bans.

The news comes a week after Mwangi asked to step down for 21 days while the IAAF investigated bribery claims.

In an IAAF Ethics Board statement, the governing body for athletics said it took the decision concerning Isaac Mwangi 'in the interests of the integrity of the sport'.

The statement read: 'Mr Mwangi is provisionally suspended from any office or position in either Athletics Kenya or the IAAF which he presently holds and is precluded from assuming any new office or position in either organisation for a period of 180 days starting on 22 February 2016, pending investigation of a complaint made against him and information that the IAAF Ethics Board has seen.'

An investigation into 'potential subversion of the anti-doping control process in Kenya' will now take place.

Mwangi said, 'I am anxious to have my name cleared' and maintains the allegations that two suspended athletes were asked for money in exchange for more lenient punishments were 'unsubstantiated'.

Since 2011, more than 40 Kenyan athletes have failed drugs tests.

Meanwhile, Kenya has been given until 5th April to show it complies with the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) code or risk being banned from international athletics.