NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has warned foreign coaches and agents that
they will lose their athletes if they fail to register with the
national athletics body in January 2019.
president of Athletics Kenya (AK), said the exercise is part of
the federation’s attempts to protect athletes from exploitation
by unscrupulous agents, who he blamed for the rise in doping
cases in the country.
"The registration of all foreign coaches is expected to
commence in January.
"All foreign coaches residing and coaching in Kenya must
prepare and present their permits in person to Athletics Kenya
offices on Jan. 9, 2019 without fail," Tuwei said on Tuesday in
This process, he said, will enable the federation to have a
register of all coaches approved and licensed to train Kenyan
"Failure to present oneself for this important exercise will
force the federation to work with other government agencies to
have disciplinary action taken against them.
"Let every foreign coach take this very seriously with an aim
to comply," Tuwei warned.
Kenya has had over 50 cases of positive anti-doping tests.
The majority of the cases have confessed that they were
helped by their coaches.
"The registration of athletes is an ongoing process and is
expected to continue until all athletes are covered. No
clearance is done for any athlete before being registered in the
federation and allocated an athlete registration number," said