More than 100 elite athletes, officials and coaches met in an Eldoret Hotel and endorsed new measures aimed at tackling issues related to doping menace in the country in compliant with International Association of Athletics Federation.
The meeting, convened by Athletics Kenya at Pearl Hotel in the outskirt of the town, adopted the medical procedures to be followed by top performing athletes in a new measure to confine doping and getting the country out of the IAAF drug Watch list.
Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei said Kenya is moving with speed to provide policy guidelines and regulations to facilitate clean sport and it was necessary that all athletes in the country are submissive to World Anti-Doping Agency.
In a new move spearheaded by Athletics Kenya and International Association of Athletics Federation, all senior athletes will have to undergo a mandatory medical approval by the Kenyan Doctors Network (KDN), a set up sanctioned by the World body.
“The responsibility of the Doctors forming the Network will be to take care of Kenyan top level runners and limit bad medical practices and doping promotion behavior by some Kenyan health professionals,” explained the President.
The new measures, spelt out during a Special Congress in Monaco last month, the 2017 will be the implementation year for all member federations to carry out all the legislations curbing the doping pandemic.
The Kenyan Doctors Network, bringing together six doctors- Dr. Victor Bargoria from Eldoret, Dr. David Muhindi (Nairobi), Dr. Fredrick Kipkorir Kirui (Kericho), Dr. Muithya Ngundo (Nairobi), Dr. Wycliffe Kosgei Kipkurui and Dr. Castro Mugalla (Iten) who have been mandated to offer medical consultancy to Kenyan athletes and make monthly reports to IAAF.
The Meeting also attended and addressed by Ministry of Sports officials, brought together the elite athletes in the country including Ezekiel Kemboi, who is in the IAAF Athlete’s Commission and Milka Chemos, the AK Athlete representative.
The athletes welcome the new initiatives.