IOC confirms Kenyan athletics manager recalled after bribe report

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - The International Olympic Committee confirmed on Sunday that Kenya's athletics manager Michael Rotich has been recalled after a media report that he sought a doping bribe.

The Sunday Times newspaper and German television channel ARD filmed Rotich demanding 10,000 pounds ($13,000/11,800 euros) for agreeing to give a warning when doping tests would be carried out.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams told a briefing the Kenyan National Olympic Committee had asked for Rotich to leave.

"I understand that the NOC has asked that he leaves because they feel his presence is distracting," Adams told a briefing.

"They are very serious allegations. We wait to see the evidence."

But Adams added that the Kenyan track and field team "is probably the most tested team in the past two years."

He said there had been 416 tests on Kenyan athletes in competition and 432 out of competition. "I don't think there can ever have been a stronger testing regime of athletes."

The spokesman said it would be for the World Anti-Doping Agency to look into the Sunday Times-ARD report investigation.

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