NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has been ranked among risk
countries with potential to its athletes taking banned
doping substances and will now be watched closely by the
IAAF Athletics Integrity Unit.
even as another elite athlete was nabbed by Anti-Doping
Agency of Kenya (ADAK) for violating the code and will
have to miss the Africa Championships in Asaba, Nigeria
as he waits his verdict and suspension for a minimum of
been placed on the watch list of four member federations
alongside Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine, which pushes
their risk level to high. The four countries have been
placed in Pool A by the Athletics Integrity Unit.
that the national team athletes from these federations
will have to undergo at least three out-of-competition
doping tests in the ten months before a world
championships or Olympic Games,” IAAF said in a
statement on Saturday.
part of the resolutions passed by the IAAF Council, the
supreme law making body for athletics.
Council has also approved new regulations which will
spell out the obligations of its member federations in
the fight against doping,” said IAAF.
the obligations under the anti-doping code were focused
primarily on individuals rather than member federations.
The Athletics Integrity Unit recommended the new
regulations to the IAAF as a crucial step in protecting
the integrity of the sport.
will divide member federations into three different
categories which will have different obligations based
on their level of success in athletics and the risk of
Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine leading in Pool A,
category B will include the other federations who are
competitive at international level while category C will
include federations with very few international-level
and B federations will be required to ensure athlete
drug-testing plans are submitted to the IAAF before each
world championships or Olympic Games,” said IAAF.
system, the Athletics Integrity Unit will have
responsibility for monitoring and reporting breaches,
but the IAAF Council will determine any sanctions.