Three time world 1500m Champion Asbel Kiprop has called referred to the doping menace in the country as disgrace to the sport that has been the goose that lays golden eggs in Kenya.
While speaking in Eldoret during the anti-doping sensitization seminar organised by Athletics Kenya and Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) he said doping is crippling the spirit of runners in the country.
His sentiments were echoed by the 2013 world 3,000m steeplechase champion Milcah Chemos and double world marathon champion Ednah Kiplagat said doping has brought down the spirit of the sport that is so respected in the country and the world as a whole.
The trio who are the beneficiaries of doping from Kenya and across the world cursed the act.
Kiprop who took 2008 olympic gold medallist in 1,500m from the potential winner Rashid Ramzi who was tested positive , Chemos benefitted from doping when she was elevated to silver when Yuliya Zarudneva’s was found to have doped while Kiplagat was a beneficiary of Rita Jetoo’s doping in world marathon majors.
“Doping is a total disgrace to our sports. We have been fighting this and we hope with such seminars, our young athletes can learn something from it and avoid future embarrassment,” said Kiprop.
With Jemima Sumgong, the first woman to win Olympic marathon title being under investigation, Kiprop said the name of Olympics will be turnished if doping will not be stopped.
“Olympics is the bigeest sport in the world and if found to have doped, the games loses credibility. It is bad that a Kenyan is involved,” said Kiprop.
At the same time, some athletes risk missing out to represent the country at the forthcoming IAAF world championships in London after they skipped the seminar.
Kenya, which is on World Anti-doping Agency (WADA)and a International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), the Athletics Kenya acting Chief Executive officer Susan Kamau, over 100 athletes were invited but a few turned up for the ant-doping sensitization seminar who risks to be barred from competing at the national trials.
Though many of the athletes who are not in the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) may have missed information.
Kamau said that they convened the seminar according to the IAAF warning that that those who will not turn up for the event will not be allowed to participate at the national trials when Kenya will be picking its squad for the IAAF World Championships in London.
The system involves keying in important information on the athletes’ whereabouts.
“Apart from sensitization, the seminar was to open Adams account for the athletes so that we can know their whereabouts,” Susan said.
“However I am happy that most of those who failed to turn up for the seminars already have their accounts active. But if some of them missed and they don’t have the account, then they will not be eligible for the trials,” She added.