Kenya has been ranked the top most country likely to dope according to the IAAF. This negative ranking has come in the wake of high ranking athletes testing positive for various banned substances.
The top-tier athletes have included Asbel Kiprop who is the most recent high ranking athlete to test positive.
The 1500m Olympic champion and world champion, Rita Jeptoo the 3 time Boston marathon and course record holder, Jemimah Sumgong, Shieys Jepkosgei, Ken Kirui, and Sharon Ndinda Muli. Florence Chepsoi and Joseph Kariuki Gitau
Kenya is also ranked besides Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine. IAAF President Sebastian Coe said that the governing council has approved new regulations which spell out regulations for member states on how they can fight against doping.
Under existing regulations the burden was previously under the Anti-doping code and was focused on individuals as opposed to member states. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) recommended a raft of new regulations that will shift the burden to member federations and help clean up and shore up integrity in the sport.
The IAAF will divide member federations into three categories “which will have different obligations based on their level of success in athletics and the risk of doping”.
The current watch list of four member federations – Kenya, Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine – will be folded into Category A, which will include those member federations considered “most at risk of doping”. The national team athletes from these federations will have to undergo at least three out-of-competition doping tests in the 10 months before a world championships or Olympic Games.
The second Category B will include the other Federations who are competitive at international level, while Category C will include Federations with very few international-level athletes.
Category A and B Federations will be required to ensure athlete drug-testing plans are submitted to the IAAF before each world championships or Olympic Games.
This new measures will either make Kenya get rid of dishonest athletes who are bringing the country much disrepute while ensuring athletes compete honestly.