Kenya marathon star held for breaking coronavirus curfew

By AFP

Kenya has imposed a 7pm-5am curfew in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Kenya's former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang spent the night in jail after being arrested drinking and playing pool with a large group after a nighttime curfew, police said Friday.

Kipsang, who claimed the world record during the 2013 Berlin marathon, is a police officer who is currently under provisional suspension from the World Integrity Anti-Doping Unit (AIU).

He pleaded guilty in a court on Friday and was released on bail of 5,000 shillings. (In Ugandan currency, this is sh178,000).

"We arrested Kipsang and nine others, including one of the administrators of the county at the Keelu Resort club drinking and playing pool at 10pm," Iten county police commander John Mwinzi told AFP.

  business man peeks out of his shop while closing his shop before the beginning of a curfew in enyas capital airobi A business man peeks out of his shop while closing his shop before the beginning of a curfew in Kenya's capital Nairobi

 

Western Iten attracts thousands of elite Kenyan and foreign athletes who flock into the small town, located at 2,400m above sea level, for altitude training.

"This is a very serious offence. These people are respected and they are supposed to lead by example and not breaking the government orders."

Kenya has imposed a 7pm-5am curfew in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Mwinzi has also ordered the arrest of twelve athletes, including two foreigners found training in a group on Monday for disobeying directives on social distance.