By Watchdog reporter

Shamed Kenya athletics team manager will not be part of the team in Rio, Brazil, after he was recalled from the ongoing Olympics Games. The manager is under investigation for allegedly demanding a bribe to give warnings about doping tests.

The Michael Rotich scandal is a big blow to the Kenyan team which has always prided in winning athletics especially in long distance running.

The investigation by the Sunday Times newspaper and German television channel ARD is a blow to Kenya’s sporting reputation after doping accusations in recent months.

Rotich was filmed by the two media demanding Sh1.3mn (£10,000) for agreeing to warn a British coach about imminent doping tests.

ARD journalist Hajo Seppelt tweeted an Athletics Kenya statement saying Rotich had been recalled “so we can investigate further his role in this.”

“These are very serious allegations and we cannot have someone of that character managing our team.”

The statement said the case could be referred to Kenyan police.

Rotich introduced reporters purporting to be the coach and an agent of athletes to Paul and Liz Scott, who are official anti-doping testers in Kenya.

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