Athletics Kenya has suspended two agencies - Rosa Associati and Volare Sports - for six months pending investigations into a spate of doping cases involving home athletes.
The National Federation is acting in the wake of 36 Kenyan runners testing positive in recent months, including the three-times Boston and twice Chicago marathon champion, Rita Jeptoo, a Rosa athlete, who was banned for two years in January for erythropoietin (EPO) use.
Several of these athletes were represented by the two agencies in question.
Rosa Associati, which comprises Gabriele Rosa and his son Federico, also manages world 800 metres champion Eunice Sum and world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop, a vocal opponent of doping who has expressed his despair at the latest turn of events.
Investigations are being carried out by the Athletics Kenya Medical and Doping Commission, the newly established Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya and the Kenya Police.
Volare Sports, managed by Dutchman Gerard Van der Veen, works with notable athletes such as marathon world record holder Dennis Kimetto, former world record holder Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Mutai, a former two-time winner of the New York City Marathon and a Boston Marathon champion.
"We know it’s an intricate issue and critical matter and we want to deal with it.
“As a Federation, we have decided to suspend two agents in the time being so that investigations can be carried out and when the results are out we will decide whether they come back.
“The two we are going to mention manage the highest number of elite athletes.
"We will therefore, working with the IAAF and meet promoters of the Diamond League and so forth to agree on the modalities of how we will manage these athletes so that they do not miss competition.
“This suspension or the Kenyan way now of stepping aside will be for a period of six months; the two that we have today decided that let us put them aside are Rosa and Associates and Gerard van der Veen.”
Rosa closed their female marathon training camp in Kapsabet recently over doping allegations, subjecting all athletes in their camp to dope testing at Eldoret Hospital.
Van de Veen told Reuters he would have no comment until he had seen details about what was announced.
Officials at Rosa & Associati could not immediately be reached.
Speaking to Kenya’s CapitalFM Sport, Kiprop said the decision to leave him and other colleagues without a manager had the potential of wrecking their season.
“The wind of low athletes that are doping has now affected even those of us at the top that are clean and train hard to win,” he said.
“I have never used drugs and this will affect the sport itself.
“We don’t what to do now since we don’t have a manager.
"They should punish those involved individually.
"We need our manager to stay in Europe during Diamond League races in Italy for example, now we don’t know what to do.
“One thing is the managers will not be affected.
"Rosa will stay in Italy and Gerard in Netherlands.
"It is we who will suffer.
"Our managers give us space to focus on training and looking for another at this stage of the season will not be easy.”
Athletics Kenya also announced the closure of the Keringet training camp ran by former national cross-country team coach Charles Ng’eno and banned him from handling any local athletes’ indefinitely.
Kiplagat also said he would be stepping aside from his post at Athletic Kenya from May 1 to campaign for a seat in the International Association of Athletics Federations.
March 2015: Every African country should have own anti-doping agency, claims Diack
February 2015: IAAF's Kenya laboratory ready soon as new World Marathon Majors deal to boost anti-doping efforts launched
January 2015: Jeptoo to miss Rio 2016 after receiving two-year doping ban
January 2015: Athletics Kenya President claims doping scandals "as bad as AIDS"
December 2014: Jeptoo set to be stripped of World Marathon Majors title after B-sample confirms EPO use