Athletics Kenya is taking the war against cheating in competitions a notch higher by combining effort with other agencies to fight the menace in the country.
During a consultative meeting between Athletics Kenya Executive Members and all the Regional Chairmen at Riadha on Wednesday, the Federation outlined the strategies aimed at redeeming the country and ensuring strict adherence to the competition rules and regulations.
The meeting resolved to form an oversight team of experts from concerned government agencies to eradicate isolated cases of doping which is tainting efforts by those competing clean.
“We are condemning this vice strongly and once again asking our athletes to exercise honesty at all time. We are not where we want to be. We must combine efforts to restore the glory of the sport,” said Athletics Kenya President Lt. Gen (Rtd) Jack Tuwei while briefing the press.
The team will include qualified personnel from the Criminal Investigation Department, experts from the Ministry of Health, Attorney General’s office, Immigration Department, Ministry of Education, Council of Governors, Media Council of Kenya and the Department of Sports among others.
“We must work together because we have to protect clean athletes and the name of the country. We are asking everybody to work with us in this war. We must compete clean,” added the President after reading the resolutions reached during the meeting.
Over the last three years, the federation has put up measures to fight doping that include the formation of Kenya Doctors Network (KDN), education programs for athletes and support personnel and registration of all athletes in the country.
Apart from the normal tests carried out during and out of competitions, athletes are also required to avail themselves any time they are needed by updating their where-about as missing the tests is also an offense.
The establishment of the Ant-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) and the passing of the ant-doping bill in parliament are other mitigations geared towards fighting the cheating that has made the country to remain in the International Association of Athletics Federation’s Watch List for the last three years.
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