Athletics Kenya President Rtd Gen Jackson Tuwei has refuted claims by two European media outlets that doping is rife at the British training camp in Iten.
Mr.Tuwei terms the reports aired days ago are a strategy to ensure that Kenya is barred from the upcoming Rio Olympics.
The Documentary, filmed secretly by German television channel ‘ARD’ and British newspaper ‘The Sunday Times’ aired four days ago alleged that the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) is widely available at the training centre.
“It is a sustained effort to either demoralize our athletes or to get the country banned from participating in major Championships”.
“The most astonishing thing is that these media outlets have been coming to Kenya for close to six years and have always laid false reports on our athletes.They normally do this when there is a major championship. So it is not by accident that we are accused of Doping”.Mr. Tuwei explained.
This comes months after Kenya’s parliament approved changes to anti-doping legislation,which was followed by a meeting between a high-level delegation led by CS Dr.Hassan Wario and World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) officials in Canada in the hope of avoiding a ban on Kenyan athletes attending the Olympic Games in Rio.
Kenya is required to adopt negotiated amendments as was agreed by WADA and backed by IAAF during the meeting.
Mr. Tuwei commends the government for taking a step to ensure that Kenya is in full compliance with the Anti-Doping code subject to changes that need to be made to the Kenya Anti-Doping Act.
“Athletics Kenya has been working with other agencies,including NOCK, RADO and the investigative bodies of this country in complying with instructions laid down by the institutions.”
“We are working towards ensuring that our athletes are playing clean”
Tuwei however believes that the reports by the European outlets should not be the reason for Kenyan athletes to shift focus from the championship.
A step by the UK anti-doping agency sending investigators to Kenya has been welcomed by Athletics Kenya President Rtd Gen Jackson Tuwei.He says “this is a chance to prove to them that we are clean.”
“We,including the team preparing for Rio Championships were all tested and they found nothing”.
“I want to encourage our athletes to work towards proving these people wrong by focusing on the competition and keep up their game.I urge them to continuing playing clean”