AK formulates strict anti-doping measures

By ronnie evans
Jun 03, 2017
  • Under a new AK directive, Kenyan athletes who qualify for the global showpiece will will be tested at least five times prior to the championships under the new directive.

Athletics Kenya has stamped its authority on doping by formulating strict anti-doping measures for the athletes that will qualify to represent Kenya at the World Athletics Championships slated for August in London, England.

This comes just two days after AK conducted a comprehensive anti-doping seminar in Eldoret where athletes were given vital guidelines so they are better placed to prepare and avoid being locked out due to violations.

On Friday, AK through President Jackson Tuwei made it clear in a media briefing that those Kenyan athletes who qualify for the global showpiece will will be tested at least five times prior to the championships under the new directive.

These tests have been categorised where one will be random tests done out of competition while the other will be conducted during the competition proper.

This comes at the backdrop of high-profile Kenyan athletes being found guilty of doping in the past few years.

"We want a clean sport and that is why we have put these measures in place. It is imperative that athletes who are to represent us in London to attend the anti-doping seminars that we will coordinate," Tuwei added.

Athletes must attend trials

In an additional directive by Tuwei, athletes wishing to be part of Team Kenya for the World Championship will solely book their ticket through the national trials slated for June 8-10 as no wild cards will be issued.

This will ensure that the athletes will secure their berth on merit and not their pedigree which has in the past opened the door for the elite athletes through the wild cards.

Meanwhile AK CEO Susan Kamau has reiterated that those athletes who miss their sanctioned seminars could risk being locked out of getting the nod to represent Kenya.

According to figures released by AK, about 500 athletes have already undergone tests done by Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya.

Team Kenya’s selected marathon runners are set to set to report to camp on Sunday at Naiberi Camp Site, Eldoret in order to kick start their training on Monday.

The restructured squad is spearheaded by double world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat. Also in the women’s team is Flomena Cheyech and Helah Kiprop.

Kipchoge absence

Even in the absence of Eliud Kipchoge who ran the fastest marathon in May, the men’s team is star filled.

It comprises of London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru, Geoffrey Kirui who emphatically triumphed in the Boston Marathon and Gideon Kipketer. Paris Marathon champion Paul Lonyangata is in the team as a reserve runner.

AK Nairobi branch chairman Barnabas Korir is optimistic that they will perform well.

“We have a very strong selection in both squads and all that they need is to prepare well. They have the experience at competing at the highest levels so I am confident that they will make us proud,” Korir said.

Team Kenya Kenyan marathon team

Men: Gideon Kipketer, Geoffrey Kirui, Daniel Wanjiru; Reserve: Paul Lonyangata.

Women: Flomena Cheyech Daniel, Edna Kiplagat, Helah Kiprop; Reserves: Valentine Kipketer Jepkorir, Purity Rionoripo.