NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Doping in Kenya is not sophisticated, organized
or institutionalized, said Gunter Younger, Director of
Intelligence and Investigations of World Anti-Doping Agency
(WADA), here on Thursday.
delivered a special report, said despite the country having big
number of athletes engaging in the vice, cheating in sports
remains uncoordinated and there is no evidence of
The report known as
Kenya Project looked into widespread doping in the East African
nation and was secretly launched in December 2016.
Over 50 elite
runners have been nabbed for using performance enhancement drugs
(EPO) and other forms of doping in the last six years in Kenya
Younger said doping
in the country is different from other doping structures
discovered elsewhere in the world and it requires a different
“What we have
determined is that doping in Kenya is not institutionalized.
What is needed is a multi-pronged solution. That is why in
response to the issues discovered, we have established a network
led by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) and Anti-Doping Agency of
Kenya (ADAK) that will collaborate, educate, investigate and
prosecute cases,” Younger told Xinhua in Nairobi.
Though the project
is now concluded, Younger said real work in fighting the vice is
recommendations are implemented, Kenya Project will lead to
better education of athletes and medical practitioners, a
greater investigative capacity for ADAK, an active whistleblower
network and, ultimately, a stronger anti-doping program in
Kenya,” he added.
However, WADA warned
Kenya that it must work together with other countries and
partners to succeed in the fight against doping.
“If you think you
can fight doping without partners and alliances you will not be
successful. We need to come together and work hand in hand. It
is not just catching the dopers, it is more to protect the
values of sport,” said Younger told Xinhua, Thursday in Nairobi.
The report says most
Kenyan athletes commonly use nandrolone and EPO in cheating.
However, majority of the athletes caught in the vice have
confessed to WADA and other agencies that they have little
information and sensitization about doping and were willfully
blind as to the consequences of the vice.
The report however
notes that the local medical practitioners must be incorporated
if they are to know how the avenues drug cheats use to access
the prohibited substances.
“We take the doping
practices in Kenya very seriously and have been working hard to
identify their extent and nature in Kenyan athletics as well as
trying to work out the best possible response,” said Younger.
“A meeting such as
this, which includes all parties involved in that response, is a
very important next step. We believe that a strong, unified,
multi-stakeholder approach is key to advancing clean sport in
Kenyan athletes make
up about a quarter of AIU out-of-competition testing program and
at least the equivalent amount of time in investigations and
intelligence that AIU team dies.
Lancet Group of Laboratories East Africa has been set up as the
new center for Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) blood analysis
in the region.
It serves Kenya,
Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan,
Ethiopia and Somalia.
Lancet started its
operation in early September 2018 in Nairobi and will perform
blood analyses to support the AIU’s ABP program as well as other
anti-doping program in line with ADAK’s mandate.
ADAK chief executive
officer Japhter Rugut said Kenya is privileged to be the world’s
first country to host this kind of forum and this strengthens
our position as a sporting powerhouse.
“We welcome our
partners to share with us how well we can cooperate in the
sensitive area of intelligence and investigations to ensure that
we promote clean sport,” Rugut said.
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has
confirmed five more Kenyan elite runners have tested positive to
doping and have been suspended from competition.
silver medalist Peter Kiptoo has been banned for four years
after he failed the test. Others are Nicholas Kiplagat,
Ferdinand Omanyala, Micah Kiplagat Samoei and Michael Rotich.
“It is our
collective responsibility to ensure we keep athletics clean
worldwide,” said AIU on Thursday.
The five will join
Athens Marathon champion Samuel Kalalei, who was provisionally
suspended from all competitions by AIU after testing positive
for banned substance EPO.
Other high profile
athletes who have lost the integrity test include former
Commonwealth Games champion and Milan Marathon winner Lucy Kabuu
and Boniface Mweresa.
This follows the
suspensions of Olympic and three-time world 1500m champion Asbel
Kiprop and Hillary Yego. The latest wave of failed dope tests
derailing Kenya’s bid to clear it’s named from the IAAF
representative to global track and field governing body (IAAF)
Milcah Chemos says that ultimately, the long arm of the law will
catch up with any athlete violating the anti-doping rules.
disappointing to see a Kenyan every now and then being linked to
a doping violation,” said Chemos, a former world champion in
Kenya is renowned
for its middle and long distance running prowess but the east
African nation’s athletes have suffered more than 50 failed
doping tests in the past six years.
Executive Committee member Barnaba Korir says Kenya must always
strive to win the war against doping.
“It’s sad that we
continue to lose top athletes to doping. Athletics Kenya
obviously regrets the development and reiterates that athletes
must run clean,” he added.
Over 50 athletes
have been suspended by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) from
Kenya in the last decade for cheating.
Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine constitute the current watchlist
of Category ‘A’, which includes the members most at risk of