NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Top IAAF anti-doping officials have given Kenya
their seal of approval as the country strives to be removed from
the world athletics governing body’s doping watch list before
the August World Championships in London.
The Eastern African
distance running giant has set a target of June to be struck off
the list it was included by the IAAF alongside Morocco,
Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine in 2016 with the status extended
to this year.
IAAF bosses Thomas
Capdeville and Kyle Barber were in Nairobi on Monday where they
held a closed door meeting with top officials from the country’s
Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, Athletics Kenya (AK)
and the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).
They later released
a road map to ensuring full compliance with anti-doping
protocols prescribed by the IAAF was announced.
The world body
officials will pay Kenya another visit in April to check on the
progress before a final assessment tour in June where the
country hopes to have fulfilled all conditions to be formally
expunged from the watch list.
“So, it was a very
fruitful meeting, we had all the commitments we were expecting
from all the various sectors around the table, the commitments
and we worked on an action plan, very practical steps not about
very vague and general.
“It was practical
meeting we are operational people and it was good to see we have
all the commitments that we wanted and we can coordinate towards
protecting clean Kenyan athletes,” Capdeville who is an acting
Director at the IAAF Anti-Doping Department told the press.
accompanied by Kyle Barber who is the IAAF Out-Of-Competition
“It was a very
unique occasion to go through very practical topics around how
to improve the domestic national testing program and how we can
make it complementary to the IAAF program.
“To make sure that
whenever the Kenyan teams, Kenyan athletes are representing
Kenya in international competitions there can be no doubt that
all measures or actions were put in place to make sure that the
performances are coming from clean athletes and that they are
not tainted,” he added.
AK President Lt. Gen
(Rtd) Jackson Tuwei said they would go through the IAAF
official’ s report to identify areas they need to work on in
their bid to attain full compliance.
“Although we feel we
are making good progress obviously we will depend a lot on the
IAAF’s feedback concerning the reports we will have handed over.
Through the reports they will tell us what we haven’t been doing
well,” Tuwei stressed.
ADAK CEO, Japhter
Rugut identified the main challenge they were facing in the
anti-doping war was the laborious process of transporting
samples collected from rural areas to the capital Nairobi before
they are sent to laboratories overseas for analysis.