Athletics Kenya in conjunction with the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) on Friday mobilized elite Athletes in the country to denounce cheating in the sport during the AK Ant-Doping Day Campaign.
In an exercise carried out at Iten Playing Grounds in Elgeyo Mrakwet County during the week, the athletes promised to work together with the two organizations in an effort to stamp out doping in athletics.
Led by Athletics Kenya President Lt. General (Rtd) Jack K. Tuwei and ADAK Chief Executive Officer Japhter Rugut, the athletes made a declaration to compete clean by Saying No to Doping and mentoring upcoming runners to exercise honesty.
The campaign, whose Theme is ‘Expose Dopers, Save Our Sport’, started with a one kilometer procession within Iten town before ending at the playing grounds for the declaration.
This is one of the several educational campaign forums aimed at sensitizing athletes against doping that has threatened the Sport Industry in recent times.
President Tuwei asked all athletics stakeholders to take the exercise with the seriousness it deserves and work in unity in fighting cheating in order to protect those running clean.
“It is the duty of all of us to protect the Sport. I am asking you to train hard and smart and win clean. Many have excelled without taking power-enhancing drugs. Let us work together to end this infringement,” warned the President who was accompanied by AK Senior Vice President Paul Mutwii, AK CEO Susan Kamau and Regional development Director Ibrahim Hussein Kipkemboi.
ADAK, under the stewardship of the organization’s Chief Executive Officer Japhter Rugut, promised to do all within its powers to ensure cheating in sports is put to an end.
On their part, the athletes, led by their representatives David Lekuta Rudisha (the Africa Athletes’ President), Benjamin Limo (former IAAF Athletes Representative) and Milkah Chemos (the AK Athletes Representative) promised to advocate the philosophy of training hard and competing clean.
The Iten Ant-Doping Declaration is part of the aggressive measures being mounted by Athletics Kenya Federation and the Kenya Anti-Doping Agency to educate and raise awareness across the country.
Other top athletes who attended the Campaign rally included Women World Marathon Record Mary Keitany, World Half Marathon and Cross Country Champion Geoffrey Kamworor, Olympic Champion Conseslus Kipruto and Former World Marathon Record holder Wilson Kipsang among several others.
The Athletics Kenya Anti-Doping Day was launched last year and was celebrated in Kapsabet and Nyahururu during the month of November.
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