Trial of Ital­ian coach Clau­dio Barardelli now pushed to March 2017

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

The trial of Ital­ian ath­let­ics coach Clau­dio Barardelli and two oth­ers, who have been ac­cused of ad­min­is­ter­ing per­for­mance en­hanc­ing drugs to an ath­lete, has been pushed to next year.

When the mat­ter came up for hear­ing yes­ter­day, se­nior prin­ci­pal mag­is­trate Joyce Gan­dani di­rected the case to be heard on March 1, 2017. The mag­is­trate said she was not han­dling new mat­ters be­cause she has been trans­ferred to an­other sta­tion.

Barardelli got a tem­po­rary re­prieve af­ter the court re­leased his pass­port, to en­able him travel to Italy.

The pros­e­cu­tion led by Dun­can Ondimu, did not ob­ject to the re­quest but said the coach should as­sure the court that he will be back be­fore the hear­ing date.

“The first ac­cused had been granted his re­quest to travel. How­ever he should de­posit his pass­port back to the court by Fe­bru­ary 2,” Gan­dani or­dered.

Ber­ardelli is jointly charged to­gether with clin­i­cal of­fi­cers Stephen Ki­pla­gat Tanui alias Kalya and Daniel Cheribo Ki­plan­gat.

They are fac­ing a charge of con­spir­acy to in­jure a per­son in their pro­fes­sion.

The pros­e­cu­tion claims on dif­fer­ent dates be­tween Au­gust and Septem­ber 2014, in Kapsa­bet town in Nandi County, Barardelli, Tanui and Ki­plan­gat con­spired to ad­min­is­ter a pro­hib­ited per­for­mance en­hanc­ing sub­stance to world marathon cham­pion Rita Jep­too. The Ital­ian coach was ar­rested on July 5.

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