NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan sports officials said in a conference that
doping is threatening the livelihood of sport in the country.
The conference brought together elite and upcoming athletes in
Nairobi, who agreed that more needs to be done to help tame the
Between 2004 and August this year, Kenya has had 138 cases of
positive tests for banned substances among its elite athletes,
of which 113 were taken in competition.
Gunter Younger, Director of Intelligence and Investigations at
the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), said the fight against
doping can only be won through joint efforts.
“The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) cannot do this on its
own. It will take the full cooperation and involvement of a
range of other groups, including law enforcement, athletes and
their representatives, government bodies and Athletics Kenya.
With WADA’s assistance and continued support, we will bring the
fight to the dopers,” said Younger.
Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei confirmed that the
organization would leave no stone unturned to expose cheaters.
“If you think that we will lose the war against doping, go back
and think again.”
“Any athlete who is found guilty and is punished for anti-doping
violations will never wear a Kenya vest at any event, even if
they serve their bans.”
Tuwei added that though Kenya has been said to have been
compliant with WADA, more needs to be done to tackle cheating in
athletics and fight allegations of corruption.
“We want a clean sport. Athletics is our heritage and we must
protect it,” said Patrick Sang, coach of Olympic marathon
champion Eliud Kipchoge. “There must be total trust between a
coach and an athlete.”
Mathew Kisorio, a marathon runner who was banned for doping, has
served his suspension and is back in active competition, said he
regrets his misdemenor and advised young athletes to be cautious
“I have not had an opportunity to run in some of the big
marathons due to my doping history,” said Kisorio. “I used to
spend a lot of money on friends but they all ran away when I was
New York marathon champion Mary Keitany asked upcoming athletes
to be wary of who they seek medical help from.
“They must also be protected from rogue and exploitative
coaches, managers and agents, who would lead them to doping,”
said Keitany. “Discipline is key in athletics.”
However, 2008 Olympic 800m champion Wilfred Bungei called for
criminalization of the doping charge.
“Banning an anti-doping violator is not a solution to ending
doping. Criminalizing the vice would be a better solution,” said
World 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop, who is under suspension for
doping, but has denied any wrongdoing, said the conference was
“This is a very good measure. It is a noble course. It’s a shame
that I was not invited just because it’s alleged I dope. I hope
someday to be heard. I hope the error that occurred will in
future be identified. I appreciate all the stakeholders,” said