Kenya is committed to fighting doping menace in sports after President Jack Tuwei announced that Athletics Kenya (AK) is working with International Organizations to ensure that Kenya is out of observation by WADA.
Tuwei says International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has agreed to train six more doctors who will be identified by AK to cover more cases of doping in the country.
According to Tuwei Kenya has received strict instructions from the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) and IAAF that Athletes who will be participating in International Competitions must undergo thorough doping tests.
“We have done both in-competition and out-of-competition tests on our athletes and have informed Anti-doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) so that they can inform WADA. Athletics Kenya has also presented a report to IAAF and we are going to continue with that to ensure that we are out of observation”.
Athletes therefore will be restricted from visiting any other doctor aside from those who will have appointed and undergone training sessions to protect the country experiecing doping issues.
ADAK has however been given the mandate by IAAF and the Act of government to conduct doping tests including collecting samples and issuing the test results as well as providing doping test kits.
AK President Gen (rtd) Jack Tuwei was speaking during the launch of the 10th edition of the Eldoret half Marathon where he also unveiled an AK permit that will be presented to the sponsors and orgarnizers of a race event and a third copy will remain with the association.
Meanwhile the annual event slated in the Athletics Kenya calender every first Sunday of October has received a boost after Family bank doubled the price money by Ksh.3million.
Managing Director and CEO David Thuku said “ We want to upscale this marathon to be compelling platform for supporting budding athletic talent in Kenya.We havew held very suiccessful marathon events the past nine years thjanks to the sporting community in Eldoret and AK leadership under the late Isaiah Kiplagat and the local organizing committee in Uasin Gishu County”.