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Athletics Kenya: Former dopers will be allowed to compete for Kenya

Athletics Kenya have dropped their hard stand on athletes who have been for anti-doping rule violation and will now compete for the country at the international level.

This is a U-turn on the federation that some years back said that anybody who had been found guilty for breaking the rule, will not be allowed to wear national colours.

Today, during the press conference at Riadha house said that all athletes, who have served their full doping sentence will compete at the global stage if they qualify in their individual races.

With Kenya still placed in category A by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), ten Kenyan athletes have been suspended this year according to AK data and statistics.

Addressing journalists, the federation president Lt (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei gave detailed information on progress on the war against doping menace in the country.

“All athletes who have served their full doping ban will be allowed to compete in Kenya and internationally if they qualify within their disciplines,” Tuwei said.

He questioned why anyone should deny an opportunity to a hard working athlete and their investment to reach higher grounds.

“Why should we deny anyone the chance and he or she has served the punishment? We will allow them to compete and walk with them through all the doping processes,” said Tuwei.

The president reiterated that no athlete will be allowed to compete for the country if they fail to attend at least three doping education sessions.

This is a requirement that must be met by any athlete failure to which you will not be selected to represent the country.

Top athletes like three-time world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop and his counterpart the 2017 Elijah Manangoi are among the elite athletes who have finished their doping violation ban.

In a phone interview with Athletics News, former Olympic 1,500m champion Kiprop was full of joy and praise for AK for accepting him to compete if he manages to qualify.

“I Appreciate the AK decision for not double punishing me, because this means a lot to me after what I have gone through.” Said Kiprop.

“I had missed the running family, the track, and training with my fellow athletes. Am grateful and I applaud them.”

Kenya is still stuck in Category A of the World Anti-doping regulations. Tuwei said the federation will continue waging war on doping by educating athletes, facilitating mandatory testing, and helping them to fill their whereabouts.

Kenya, which was placed under this category in 2018 and is ranked alongside Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine, remains one of the countries AIU considers as having the highest risk level for doping or ADRVs and not just the risk of having more doping cases

The Athletics Kenya president says the federation will not relent in its bid to reduce doping cases among the athletes.