Athletics Kenya in conjunction with Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) on Wednesday conducted an Anti-doping seminar for World Cross Country bound squad at Kigari Teachers Training College.
The stellar cast team that includes two-time Cross Country Champion Geoffrey Kamworor, Olympics steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto, World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri, Steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, World 1500m Elijah Managoi were taken through doping violation rules, Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), dangers of doping.
If the medication an athlete is required to take to treat an illness or condition happens to fall under the prohibited list, TUE may give that athlete the authorization to take the needed medicine and its given according to the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE) rules to ensure that the process of granting TUEs is harmonized across sports and countries.
Kenya is still under surveillance of IAAF watch list as the national running body Athletics Kenya continues with the fight against use banned performance-enhancing substances among Kenyan runners has reiterated that only clean athletes will be allowed to represent Kenya at any given championships or meeting.
The anti-doping campaign is conducted in line with rules set by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) in the fight against doping that has put Kenya at high risk sanction.
Last year AIU formulated guidelines that saw national federations being categorized into three different categories — A, B and C. Category A features countries with high risk nations while category C has low risks of nations facing potential ban.
Speaking at the official Cross Country training camp launch attended by Lotto Foundation Officials on March 14, at Kigari Teachers Training College in Embu County, AK president Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei reiterated that the federation has put in measures to ensure that the country sends a clean team to the World Cross Country championships slated for Aarhus, Denmark on March 30.
“We have before you leave for the competition every one of you will be required to fill in a consent form and this will not only be in the Cross Country but also in all competitions. ” said Tuwei.
The team departs to Aarhus, Denmark March 27 for the biennial global showpiece set for March 30.
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