By John Kwoba
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
World marathon record holder Mary Keitany wants
the Kenyan Anti-Doping Agency and athletes’ managers to do more
to curb rampant doping among Kenyan athletes.
Keitany, who is
preparing for a marathon, says the country stands to lose its
pedigree on the global scene if more athletes are caught
Speaking in Iten,
the 34-year-old Keitany warned that the country may lose the
fight against doping if it does not get proactive and educate
more local athletes on the importance of running clean.
“This is getting out
of hand. I am telling our coaches and managers to please help
fight doping. Our country risks being banned if this vice
continues,” Keitany said on Wednesday.
Last week, The
Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) released details of 120 cases to
protect the sport’s integrity and reputation. About 85 of the
cases involved Olympic and world championship medalists.
Included in the list
is Kenya-based Bahraini athlete Ruth Jebet, Violah Jepchumba and
“This is affecting
us negatively. Our rankings will always be doubted, yet many
athletes here want to run and win clean,” she added.
Kenya had been
placed on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) non-compliance
list and was only cleared after forming ADAK last year.
However, Keitany has
called on the local administration to focus more on chemists and
pharmacies selling prohibited substances to athletes. Keitany
faulted ADAK for only focusing on elite runners and said the
problem is spreading at the grassroots level.
doctors have agents in training camps and target young athletes
convincing them [that they need to dope] to help them run
faster. This is cheating and these unethical doctors must be
rooted out,” she added. “These banned drugs have side effects
and when these athletes suffer in seclusion, nobody is there to
AUC is keen on
making the fight against doping transparent and encourage more
athletes to come forward and reveal their sources. Previously,
the outcomes of doping cases were only disclosed once
proceedings were complete.