Athletics Kenya and IAAF Declare War on Doping
Athletics Kenya (AK), International Athletics Association Federation (IAAF) in conjunction with the ministry of sports held a joined meeting on Monday 6th to discuss the way forward on how to curb doping in Kenya.
Athletics Kenya president, Jackson Tuwei revealed that the country’s athletics governing body is working hand in hand with the government through the ministry of sports to stop doping in the country.
“Kenyan government has pledged its full support in the war against doping among our talented athletes. We have pure talent that needs no drug substances for victory ,” Tuwei stated. He also added that the anti-doping tests will be done on athletes before and after any competition.
The war on doping has intensified as the fight has taken another angle. IAAF through its representatives has issued a statement that blood samples and urine of athletes will be ferried outside the country for further tests whenever needed.
Among strategies that will be used to control the rot is educational awareness to school going children in Kenya. This will be an easier way of sensitizing all and sundry to stay clear off doping according to Athletics Kenya.
Meanwhile, Anti- Doping Agency of Kenya C.E.O Japhter Rugut says that the agency is focused to ensure Kenyan athletes participate in all competitions fairly without using additional substances. He added that programs under ADAK are fully operating to control doping.
“The anti-doping agency in Kenya is fully committed to ensure that our athletes take part in all competitions fairly. We are working together with all sporting federations and the government to wipe away doping as it taints our good image in athletics,” Rugut said.
The anti-doping agency sends a powerful message to both doctors and athletes that engage in the prohibited act as legal measures will be taken if found guilty.
National government is reportedly to have given a total of Ksh.300 million in 2016 to the Anti-Doping Agency to support the campaign against cheating in athletics .However; the agency faces a number of challenges in administering the anti-doping sensitization.
There are inadequate laboratories in the country designed to carry out the tests. The government is said to be on course to put up a modern laboratory to support the campaign.