Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei has advised athletes to take their own burden once caught in any doping scandal.
This comes at a time when Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong failed B Sample test for Erythropoietin (EPO) early this month and the president visited five camps on Friday to see what really happens in the camps.
“You are responsible for what goes into your body. We don’t want anybody to doubt our athletes when they win across the world. There are procedures to be followed when it comes to doping challenges.
It all depends on the situation as it comes but it is individuals’ case to answer on what gets into your body. So let us follow the procedure and the rule of law and ask the individuals to take care of what they put in their bodies as they are responsible for what goes into their bodies,” added Tuwei.
“Athletes continue winning in the world especially winning the World Championships in Beijing in 2015 for the first time. But the few that have been caught in such situation have been dealt with because nobody who has found in such mess has been left to go unpunished,” said Tuwei.
But ADAK officials went missing during a press conference on their findings. When Tuwei wanted to introduce them, none was present to answer questions. Instead, Tuwei went on to congratulate the government for forming ADAK that will stop doping, saying he wants Kenyan athletes to run and win clean.
He continued “Rules and banned drugs are all over on internet and an athlete can follow and know what to and not to use. Now that we are preparing for world relays in Nassau Bahamas, we want to encourage athletes to train well and we want to see what they have and go ahead to defend our title in London this year.”
However he turned his sediments to officials and journalists to remain true to their country.
“We all belong to this country and we should guard against the name of the sport, athletes and name of our country.
Today we visited five camps in the county to see what happens inside there as you all know we are still under the watch list of IAAF and WADA and we don’t want to be on the watch list forever,” he added.