The Kenyan Government has moved in with speed on the fight against doping after the leniency by the World Athletics Council of not suspending the country from active athletics events.
The Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and Arts Ababu Namwamba, said the government wants the resources it deploys to the Athletics Kenya and the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) for testing, investigating and enforcement issues across the spectrum be used in taking decisive action against doping.
The Cabinet Secretary who was addressing the media at the at Maktaba House on Thursday, thanked the World Athletics and Athletics Integrity Unit for allowing Kenya the chance to freely race and participate in international events.
“We want to bring in all the stake holders that include the public, athletes, coaches, agents, managers and athletes’ managements to fight this war which we will win by all means. We will also partner with investigative and Judicial agencies, so that they can prosecute and jail the culprits. This a war we must win and we will,” said Ababu.
Accompanied the CS during the presser were Athletics Kenya President, Jack Tuwei, Athletics Kenya Chief Administrative Officer, Susan Kamau, Athletes Representative, Milcah Chemos with athletes Mary Moraa, Maximillla Imali and Dan Kiviasi.
This announcement follows what the World Athletics said yesterday that they have let Kenya be but they will be closely watching the country.
‘World Athletics has been concerned,’ said Sebastian Coe. ‘Kenya has been on the watch list for a few years already.
The World Athletics president who was speaking in Rome said, “In one year 40 per cent of all the positive tests in global athletics have been in Kenya and this is not a situation that World Athletics was prepared to sit and watch develop”.
The country has been in panic for the last few weeks that they would be blacklisted in the style of Russia by World Athletics, given that the country has 55 athletes who are serving the doping bans.