Wilson Kipsang, former marathon world record holder arrested for breaking Coronavirus curfew

Kenya’s former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang was among a group arrested after breaking the curfew set by the country in its effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Kipsang was reportedly among a group of nearly 20 people to be found by police drinking alcohol at a club in Iten.

The group were found to be in breach of orders requiring the public not to leave their homes after 7pm in the evening.

According to Kenyan newspaper The Standard, police had been alerted to the group by a member of the public.

“Our officers found the athlete and other revelers hiding in a popular club in Iten,” police commander John Mwinzi told The Standard.

“These are high profile individuals who should be helping us in enforcement of the curfew.

“We are asking members of the public to stop abusing our reluctance to use full force during the enforcement of the curfew.”

Kipsang was provisionally suspended from athletics in January, after two alleged breaches of anti-doping rules.

The Kenyan was charged with two breaches of the rules, which the Athletics Integrity Unit said were related to whereabouts failures and tampering of a sample.

Kipsang set the marathon world record in Berlin in 2013, completing the race in 2 hours 3min 23sec.