NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
More Kenyans were caught doping beyond the names
released by International Association of Athletics
Federation (IAAF), Athletics Kenya (AK) President
Isaiah Kiplagat confirmed Friday.
16 more cases have not been reported because the AK
cannot track down the suspected athletes to hear their
version of the story.
So far 32 cases of doping were reported and only 16
have been made public from Kenya.
“They are elusive. But we are doing our best to get
hold of them. Most competed in Peru, Mexico, USA and
Europe. A few cases were in Asia. The number is over
200. But only 32 were nabbed,” Kiplagat told
reporters in Nairobi.
Kenya has come under the spotlight for failing to curb
the vice as several of their elite athletes rule the
world in long distance races and marathon.
“We punish and warn these athletes not to get caught
doping. Out of the 32 cases, this year, we have no
clue on 16 cases. We don’t know where to find these
athletes. There are maybe more cases to come. There
are also five cases of transgender and IAAF wants us
to determine the gender of these athletes if they
are men or women by testing their hormones,” said
With a huge surplus after declaring their annual
financial statements, the federation has not tried to
invest the money in sensitizing, educating and curbing
doping, save for one seminar it held in Eldoret.
But Kiplagat will not be taking the sticks insisting
that even the cases revealed by the Germany TV, where
150 samples from the London Olympics Games, where IAAF
is alleged to have been covering- up on doping, are
“We can’t reveal the identity of these athletes.
That is confidential unless their samples, which
have been kept in a bank reveal different pattern of
hemoglobin after subsequent tests. But many athletes
try to clear their system, so that when tested again
the banned drugs can’t be found. It is always
difficult to trace them,” Kiplagat said.