For years, sports managers have been bringing African athletes to Europe to run in marathons with promises of potential prize money and a top career. For many it’s a means of escaping poverty. But what price do these marathon runners themselves pay?
Kenyan athletes will kickstart their event at the Rio Olympics on Friday under a dark shadow after team manager Michael Rotich was sent home following bribery allegations. Rotich is currently awaiting trial in Nairobi.
The IAAF has cleared Kenyan athletes to compete at the Rio Olympics despite concerns over the country's doping program. Some of the runners blame the sports authorities for laxity.
The international athletics body will continue its ban on Russian athletes through the world championships in London this summer. The IAAF said Russia should not expect to be fully reinstated until November.
The gold-medal winner in the the women's marathon at the 2016 Summer Olympics has failed an out-of-competition doping test. Jemima Sumgong was the first Kenyan woman to win gold in the event.
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