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Do not Ban Us; Kenyan Government asks World Athletics

The Kenyans government has  written to the World Athletics asking it not to ban the country from the as they seek to clean up the mess that has been created by few rotten individuals who have placed the country in the bad light by their doping menace as it intensifies to clean the entire sport.

The Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts, Ababu Namwamba, spoke through a press release saying, “We cannot allow our nation to be banned because of the actions of some greedy unethical individuals.”.

“We will target and deal decisively with the criminals and their syndicates. We must work together to eradicate doping and cheating from athletics and sports in general.” Said Namwamba.

The government has told the governing body that it has committed an annual amount of $5 million over the next five years for the fight against doping, the Daily Nation newspaper reported.

It is also taking “firm measures” and had a commitment of “zero tolerance” towards doping, he said.

Fifty-five Kenyan athletes are currently banned and eight provisionally suspended, according to the data from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) now World Athletics included the distance-running superpower on a list of nations most at risk of doping in July 2018. It came as part of new regulations by the WA Council put more responsibility on National Federations to deal with the problem. Kenya is among four countries included in Category A – member federations the World Athletics believe are most likely to have doping problems – along with Ethiopia, Belarus, hosts of next year’s European Games, and Ukraine.

The AIU has that they have received an email from the Cabinet Secretary but they are yet to respond to it as they await full communication from the Monaco meeting that will be held on Tuesday next week.

Kenya might be banned tomorrow by World Athletics

Kenya might be suspended from ALL Athletics activities tomorrow (Friday, 25) by the World Athletics (WA) and Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) due to that rampant doping cases that have engulfed the country this year by Kenyan runners.

Our source a senior official at Athletics Kenya, on condition of anonymity request told Athletics.co.ke, “From where I seat and the information am getting directly from AIU top officials, it’s a done case.” We are at their mercies as from now and we should prepare ourselves for the worse which is being suspended for a minimum of two years or a maximum of three years, so that we can put our house in order,” he said.

The senior official said that there are many top elite athletes that AIU is on their radar and soon they will be unmasked and this will be the end of their running careers.

“Many athletes and the country at large will be affected and it will be an expensive affair that will cost jobs and many lives will be affected directly and indirectly,” he said.

This year alone the country has had 17 athletes sanctioned by AIU for a range of doping violations with eight athletes currently on provisional suspensions, with the outcomes of their cases pending.

The newly appointed cabinet secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts, Ababu Namwamba, has been vocal on the intentions that government is going to take in the fight against the doping menace, “We are going to criminalise doping to levels you cannot imagine. We are going to be very, very harsh.

Ten Kenya athletes have tested positive since last year, for a banned substance called triamcinolone Acetonide, while two others from other nations tested positive for the same substance.

“It is a synthetic corticosteroid medication administered through injection into joints to treat various joint conditions. It is also used topically to treat various skin conditions, such as relieving the discomfort of mouth sores,” he said.

The late Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat in 2015, suspended Rosa Associati management stable run by Dr. Gabrielle Rosa and Gerard Van de Veen of Volare Sports.

Athletes who have been banned at Rosa stable include, three-time Boston marathon winner Rita Jeptoo, two-time world champion Asbel Kiprop and the 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong while at Volare Sports include Wilson Kipsang.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) now World Athletics included the distance-running superpower on a list of nations most at risk of doping in July 2018.

It came as part of new regulations by the WA Council put more responsibility on National Federations to deal with the problem.

Kenya is among four countries included in Category A – member federations the World Athletics believe are most likely to have doping problems – along with Ethiopia, Belarus, hosts of next year’s European Games, and Ukraine.

Athletics Kenya staring a ban

Athletics Kenya, athletes and athletic fans will be waiting patiently when World Athletics (WA) and Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) will be making an announcement whether Kenya will be struck off from competing in international events next season due to rampant doping cases reported by Kenyan runners.

With alarming doping cases reported in the country with top brass athletes, from track to field and road running, the country may face suspension or a ban for a period of time in order to put their house in order.

Our source, on anonymity request told Athletics.co.ke said: “ From the look of things its just a matter of when, because where we are now is at a danger zone. We may be suspended by AIU this year and this week might be the much awaited announcement. We pray that we be given time because of the efforts we and the Govrnment have put in to fight this menance,” he said.

He said that there are many top elite athletes that AIU is on their radar and soon they will be unmasked and this will be the end of their running careers.

“Many athletes and the country at large will be affected and it will be an expensive affair that will cost jobs and many lives will be affected directly and indirectly,” he said.

This year alone the country has had 17 athletes sanctioned by AIU for a range of doping violations with eight athletes currently on provisional suspensions, with the outcomes of their cases pending.

The newly appointed cabinet secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts, Ababu Namwamba, has been vocal on the intentions that government is going to take in the fight against the doping menace, “We are going to criminalise doping to levels you cannot imagine. We are going to be very, very harsh.

Ten Kenya athletes have tested positive since last year, for a banned substance called triamcinolone Acetonide, while two others from other nations tested positive for the same substance.

“It is a synthetic corticosteroid medication administered through injection into joints to treat various joint conditions. It is also used topically to treat various skin conditions, such as relieving the discomfort of mouth sores,” he said.

Senate majority leader Aron Cheruiyot is proposing a stringent measure to curb doping menace in the country to ensure that Kenyans run clean and regain the global reputation the country has been enjoying.

“Doping is one of the biggest issues that the new CS has to deal with, the fact that we reach a point where all our athletes will be screened more thoroughly than anybody else in the world. It is very terrible because it means that the glory that Kenya has enjoyed will be put in question and doubt because the world will see us as good at doping. That is really unfortunate,” said Cheruiyot.

The late Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat in 2015, suspended Rosa Associati management stable run by Dr. Gabrielle Rosa and Gerard Van de Veen of Volare Sports.

Athletes who have been banned at Rosa stable include, three-time Boston marathon winner Rita Jeptoo, two-time world champion Asbel Kiprop and the 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong while at Volare Sports include Wilson Kipsang.

He said that the CS should also take on the agents in the country who are misleading young athletes by trying to show them the easier way into the global stage yet it is known that there are no easier routes to success and one has to sweat it out.
“As a country, we must re-register afresh these agents. Those that have been found to have athletes that have doped must be banned from this country because those are the people responsible for the mess that we find ourselves in,” he said.

“Government to crack whip on alleged sponsored Court Cases” Senate Majority Leader says

Athletics Kenya (AK) has been accused of sponsoring two times Boston marathon champion Moses Tanui to sabotage the federation’s elections.

Senate Majority leader Aaron Cheruiyot said AK might be funding Tanui who filed a case to stop the AK elections in May 2017 in making the court battle last longer for their continued stay in office.

“The current AK executive has overstayed in office since 2013 when they were last elected. The case filed by Tanui stopping the elections from being held in 2017 up to date is questionable and creates suspicions on Tanui’s motive and character in this scheme of extending the life office of the federation’s officials through the backdoor,” an irritated Cheuiyot stated.

Cheruiyot who serves as the Kericho Senator called on the newly appointed Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba to take up the matter with the Judiciary in resolving the matter of the unending case that has legitimized the illegitimate continued stay in power by the AK officials.

“I would like the new Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba to have a conversation with the athletics stakeholders on the matter for a way forward,” said Cheruiyot.

On April, 28th, 2017, the High Court in Nairobi stopped the scheduled Athletics Kenya elections pending the hearing and determination of a petition he had earlier filed against the federation.

 The petition filed in October 2016, challenges the constitution review process that Athletics Kenya had set on motion which led to what they term as ‘undemocratic and unconstitutional’ amendment of the constitution.

The case presented before Justice Chacha Mwita by Moses Tanui and nine other retired athletes argue that the elections were being held under a contentious constitution passed and that’s why they wanted the polls stopped pending the case filed Tanui who is the 1991 Word gold medalist in Athens, Greece.

Frustrated by Athletics Kenya Kiptomo on road to change citizenship

Frustrated by Athletics at the World Championships and Commonwealth Games trials, Brian Kiptomo Otongolo, not his real name has decided to change his citizenship to another country where federations respect the will of athletes.

Otongolo, just like many Kenyan athletes who missed to compete at the trials after missing the required qualification, especially missing on drug test by Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).

“At the moment, after missing to compete at the trials, am changing my citizenship. Am in the process of doing that. I don’t think of coming back to Kenya, hopefully I will compete against Kenyans wearing another country’s jersey,” said Otongolo.

He said that he is Kenyan but he is not going to represent Kenya at all and he would do everything in his power to train hard than before to compete against Kenyans and beat them.  And to change citizenship, there are many options like filing a petition that costs a lot of money.

“Basing on my experience, those who are going to represent Kenya are not the best because I was the best but I was not selected that means someone who was not the best is going to compete for Kenya and am going to beat them because am 100% sure athletes know me very well. If everything goes on well as planned I will meet with them at the championships,” explained the frustrated athlete.

He says that the current economy has put pressure on him and his colleagues, making life expensive traveling all the way from the USA, Japan and other nations to come for trials, with the flight being so
expensive, it costing about 3,000 dollars, which he says it wastage of time in traveling, money wastage and for students, they miss classes, which is frustrating.  For students, when classes are going on, you have to get permission to travel to compete for Kenya

“If one travels and get the opportunity to run and get into the team, it won’t be waste of time and money. But right now, where am I headed to, what is the purpose of me competing for Kenya? I will have that mindset like am not a Kenyan and I will say a patriot? Right now I don’t think like being a patriot. I feel like am not a Kenyan because as an athlete it requires time, sacrifices to reach certain level like running away from poverty but all over a sudden when you go up, someone presses you down. For upcoming athlete, this is so frustrating. Am 100% sure that one may give up on training like going for trials and then when I qualify, still I may not represent the country,” he said.

Last weekend he explained that he met face to face with his first experience ever that all disciplines were finals. He said that initially AK used to have heats to semis then finals, but last weekend was a deal
to lock out other athletes especially those from abroad who wanted to make Team Kenya because some of athletes who live in the USA, Japan and other countries were not tested by ADAK.

“AK said that that for one to compete at the nationals, one has to be tested by ADAK only which was frustrating because most of athletes travel across the globe just to come and compete in Kenya but when they come back, things change because they are not tested by ADAK,” he said.

He said that the rules will affect medal prospects for the country in middle and long distance especially for the young athletes, whose names were ejected from the final list even after qualifying. He said that
they should have been given a chance to compete with the global stars in future but AK shut their dreams.

“My frustration was that the federation should give all athletes a chance to compete especially the young ones. Or if they knew that they were not going to compete, they should have told them that there are no
chances for you guys and no need for trials. On my behalf and others, ADAK through the federation they could have told them earlier that all athletes from abroad they did not need to come to Kenya for trials. Such athletes should be send a memo or being tracked by ADAK or alternatively, they should send someone to such countries to track them. Every time there are track events like in the USA or japan, the federation or adak should plan for them to be tested,” he said.

“They should support these young ones who have a great future. We don’t know what the future holds for them. Someone like Eliud Kipchoge was struggling before he was put into the limelight. Before you get to the top, you should have come from bottom and we athletes we understand and we follow the footsteps of some people like me I follow my sister (name withheld) who was my role model. I saw her perform well and I wanted to be like her. And when I talk to her, she used to tell me that she used to run barefoot. Even me, I never used to wear shoes while running until I got a scholarship to study abroad,” he said.

Despite producing documents to prove that he was tested by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) the federations insisted that he was not going to run at all costs.

“My frustration came in when I was told that I had never done any drug test by ADAK but I was tested by WADA not ADAK for almost like six times this year. I tried to show AK my drug test documents but they rejected and told me that I should have been tested by ADAK and that is how my dreams were shuttered,” he said.

“When I went to ADAK’s representative at the Kenyan trials, they told me they don’t have the power to test an athlete but they should get names from AK because Adak don’t know athletes and AK know athletes. After AK gives the names to ADAK, ADAK then tests them according to the names from AK,” He added.

Otongolo competed in four Track and field meetings but he was never tested too. He competed in Mumias, Kisumu and two in Nairobi but never got tested. He alleges that he even gained interest and went to ADAK to be tested but he was told me that to get tested, he need to go through some questions, which he did and felt happy that it was the right time to be but it never happened.

“They lied to us that they have to get a list from AK and I would have gone there to ask for testing may that could have been the short cut,” he expressed.

He also lamented that athletes’ representative Milach Chemos, who was an athlete and understand the needs of athletes did not bother to check on how we were fairing on.

“I met with athletes’ representative Milcah Chemos, send her text messages and calls, she takes long time to reply. I know her as an athlete and she understands the journey of athletes and should be the first person to respond to athletes’ calls. She knows that these are athlete so and so in the USA and Japan and they were not shortlisted because they did not have drug test, have qualifying time and documents
from WADA or any drug testing body but she doesn’t do that all,” he narrated.

He alleged that Chemos has no concern on athletes where she should be helping athletes to get to another level.

“Athletes depend on her, we expect more from her. We expect her to do more and she should come up with an idea to help upcoming athletes,” he said.

Former 400m champion Returns to Bring Kenya African Glory

Twelve years after completing her doping suspension Kenya’s former national 400m record holder Elizabeth Muthuka came back with a bang to claim African glory.

The Kenya Prisons officer won four gold medals at the ongoing Africa Masters Athletics Championship hosted at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Muthuka who was slapped with a two year ban won her first ever international medals in her athletics at the continental competition in Nairobi.

Muthuka sprinted to finish in 64.37s to win the 400m race before dashing in a time of 27.22 seconds for the 200m top honours in the women’s 45-49 age group.

Muthuka who is the Officer in Charge of Prison in Meru put the icing on the cake by anchoring Team Kenya 4x100m and 4x400m teams to victory.

Muthuka anchored the quartet consisting of the World metric mile champion Joyce Kirui Africa 1500m winner Nelly Cheptanui and the Africa Long Jump and triple Jump gold medalists Regina Mulatya in stopping the timer in 56.93 to win.

In 4x400m competition, Muthuka led the team of continent’s 400m gold medalist Charity Wandia, Cheptanui Africa 1500m champion Beatrice Chepchumba in posting a time of 4:31.09 to crown Kenya’s glorious moment.

In the year 2007, Elizabeth Muthuka representing Kenya Prisons at the Athletics Kenya (AK) national championships first lowered Ruth Waithera’s record to 51.53 before she set the 50.82 mark in 400m to qualify for the Beijing Olympics at Olympic trials at Nyayo stadium.

Consequently, the athlete whose A and B blood samples tested positive for anabolic steroid Nandrolone, was slapped with a two-year ban by AK.

Muthuka was also compelled to return the Sh10, 000 she was awarded for lowering Waithera’s record and all earnings from the track.