Former world marathon record holder Paul Kibii Tergat, one of the finest and most accomplished long distance runner of all time.
Tergat has come out to give his support to Athletics Kenya on the steps they have taken to tackle the doping menace that has gripped the country.
Athletics Kenya president while speaking during the first press briefing of the year at Riadha house on Monday (rtd) Gen Jackson Tuwei, announced the formation of Kenya Doctors Network (KDN) who will be in-charge of clearing of Kenya athletes seeking medical attention anywhere in the word.
Athletics Kenya also accredited six Doctors that are spread all over the country lead by Victor Bargoria who has been the IAAF certified doctor for kenya athletes, Fredrick Kipkorir, Mwithia ngundo, Wycliff Koskei, Castro Mugalla and David Muhindi.
Furthermore Tuwei said, ”We have compiled a list of 109 athletes who will be the first to benefit from this project. He warned that no athlete will be cleared by Ak to go and participate in any IAAF certified races abroad without complying with this directive”.
“This measure was long overdue and I totally support Athletics Kenya on the step they have taken to make sure that the beautiful game of athletics is protected by all costs,” said Tergat
“There have been Doctors who have been taking advantage of our athletes claiming to treat our runners but in the long run you find they have messed up with the future of the athlete.
“With this kind of plan, the chosen Doctors will be able to know on how to handle an athlete and what to prescribe to the runner in case he needs medical attention.
This will minimize the doping cases because the concerned medics will know which medicine to give either oral or injection to an athlete to take. He will know the kind of banned drugs and in that case injection of these medicines won’t have a negative impact on an athlete,” said the legend.
Some Elite athletes have also come out to the support of this move taken by Athletics Kenya. Led by the athletes’ representative Milcah Chemos, the 2013 3000m steeplechase champion, Olympic 5,000m gold medalist Vivian Cheruiyot, said that, “they totally support the move taken by Athletics Kenya and it was long overdue.”
The 47 years old Kenyan legend who hails from Kabarnet in Baringo County, held the world record in the marathon for five years from 2003 to 2007 with a time of 2:04.55.
He spoke to us exclusively at the side lines of the Sports Personality of the Year Award (SOYA) during the Cheque presentations.