Ian Mutuku was a 19 year old athlete who died on Monday this week after collapsing in the Machakos hospital where he had been admitted.
Teenage athlete died of supplements misuse, coach reveals shocking news
The ghost of doping and supplements use by Kenyan athletes is not fading anytime soon. Now a local coach reveals a promising athlete could have died because of them and says several other athletes have passed on in the same manner
Ian Mutuku had been in the hospital since October 21st after being admitted for Kidney failure. His feet were swollen on the fateful day he developed difficulty in breathing.
Now his coach Peter Muia has alluded that the use of health supplements could have been the cause.
Speaking as news broke out of his young trainee’s death Peter Muia wants the AK to launch an investigation and proper controlling of the supplements be established as several Kenyan athletes are beginning to misuse them.
The coach is quoted in Athletics.co.ke, Muia revealed that Ian could have been the 8th athlete to die of supplements use.
“We have to look at the supplements our athletes are use by them self,
“As a coach, I know that many of our athletes confuse things that they do not have knowledge to ingest supplements. We have lost eight athletes in the country because of this and we must address the problem now,”
“Previously we have not had this problem. Now we need to ascertain what they can use and what they can not use,”
Ian mutual had a promising future as a 400 meters sprinter.
Mutuku is the 2013 400 meters national youth champion and also a silver medalist in the 2014 Africa youth games. He came fourth in the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine and 2014 Youth Olympics Games.
The latest revelation by the coach adds another stain on athletics in Kenya after doping allegations and corruption scandals that have bogged the sport in the recent past.
For now the sport mourns the loss of a young talent with much promise.