After IOC’s meetind the 21th of June they came with a “DECLARATION OF THE OLYMPIC SUMMIT” This declaration was about the doping problematic special in Russia, Spain and Kenya.
What consequences does this means for Kenya?
IOC SAID THIS ABOUT KENYA, RUSSIA AND SPAIN.
“WADA is the sole authority to issue declarations of non-compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code. All Olympic IFs are in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code. At this moment, three National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) – Kenya, Russia and Spain – are non-compliant for different reasons.
The non-compliance declaration of the Spanish NADO is for administrative reasons only and does not affect the doping-control system.”
IOC said futher down in the declaration what consequences this will become, point 4 is special interesting for Russia and Kenya. As a result, the Olympic Summit unanimously agreed on the following actions:
” 4. Because of the WADA non-compliance declaration of Kenya and Russia and the related substantial allegations, the Olympic Summit considers the “presumption of innocence” of athletes from these countries being put seriously into question.
As a result, every IF should take a decision on the eligibility of such athletes on an individual basis to ensure a level playing field in their sport. In this decision-making process, the absence of a positive national anti-doping test should not be considered sufficient by the IFs.
This means that the respective IF should take into account other reliable adequate testing systems in addition to national anti-doping testing.
This decision about the “level playing field” in each of their very different Olympic sports, and eligibility, including of their member National Federations, should be taken by each IF taking into account all the specific circumstances in the relevant National Federations, any available evidence, the World Anti-Doping Code and the specific rules of their sport.”
For Spain this will not mean any spesial since it’s a administrative issue at their Anti-Doping Agency.
For Russia, Rune Andersen ( chairman of IAAF Task Force) confirm at a question from me (at a Press meating with Anti Doping Norway, in Oslo Monday 20.June): Russian athletes which lives inside Russia, and Russian athletes which has or has had a doping banding can not be a part of Rio Olympic or any international competition.
Because there isn’t enough polited doping tests of the Russian Athletes outside or inside competition after November 2015. Russian living outside Russia and without ANY banding of doping, can apply IAAF about exemption from Russia’s ban, and participate under neutral flag at Rio Olympic. This is also comfirmed by IAAF today in a statment.
WHAT ABOUT KENYAN ATHLETES?
I have been in contact with IAAF yesterday to get an answer from IAAF which consequenses this point 4 gets for Kenyan Athletes.
In the email from IAAF they said this to me: ” As we work through the exact implication, we can say that elite athletes in Kenya are amongst the most tested in our sport, both in and outside of Kenya.
We continue to support Kenya in supplementing their national testing programme. Through the IAAF’s whereabouts programme, we are able to locate elite athletes and regularly test them in and out of competition in Kenya and abroad.
This does not mean we can guarantee that all Kenyan athletes are clean – we cannot give such guarantees for any country’s athletes – but we can be confident that an effective testing regime is in place and that elite athletes are being regularly tested using all available analytical techniques (urine, blood, EPO, ABP etc).”
This is very good news for the Kenyan Athletes as a group. IAAF has no consern of the Kenyan Athletes as a group.
But in the statement from IOC there is a sentense:
“As a result, every IF should take a decision on the eligibility of such athletes on an individual basis to ensure a level playing field in their sport.” ( IF means International Federation, which in this case means IAAF).
When I asked IAAF to clear up this for e the answer was this:
“We have said that Kenyan athletes remain some of the most tested athletes in our anti-doping program, and that we are confident in the program we implement.
I cannot yet provide you an answer on the individual clearing matter.”
After a clearing up of this last sentence with IAAF today this does not means anything for the Kenyan Athletes.
So this individual matter means more for the other sports, as I understand IAAF, IAAF are pleased with the doping tests of the Kenyan Athletes.
This again means that all Kenyan Athletes cleared by Athletics Kenya and the Kenyan Olympic Committee are ready for the Rio Olympics !