Athletes who will be found guilty of using banned and performance enhancing drugs will not be allowed to represent the country in competitions.
Athletics Kenya (AK) President Lt Col (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei said any athlete found to have used performance enhancing drugs will never don the country’s colors anymore.
“Once an athlete is caught, he or she should consider his/her ambitions of ever representing the country again over even after he or she completes the ban of the punishment meted on dopers,” he said.
He added:”We shall not care how good you are in your event, once caught doping then your fate will be sealed and that will be the end of representing the country.”
While making a keynote address during the opening of the Athletes’ Conference in Nairobi on Thursday, Tuwei said any athlete who attempts to cheat by use performance enhancing drugs is a disgrace and should be sanctioned severely from his or her actions.
The president said the suspensions imposed on athletes found guilty were not stringent enough to discourage the malpractice.
Tuwei said the athletes should take responsibility and be ready to carry the cross if caught for anything that goes into his or her own body.
The president said coaches and managers responsible for assisting their athletes to dope will not be spared either and will equally be sanctioned from operating in the country.
He advised athletes to train hard and participate clean without using things that will unfairly give him or her undue advantage through cheating.
Officials from the Anti-Doping Ageny of Kenya (ADAK) and IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unity (AIU) are in participation to educate the athletes and AK management on doping and cheating