AK: 109 athletes to undergo doping tests in Eldoret

By Fredrick Muoki

Athletics Kenya has confirmed that 109 elite athletes will converge in Eldoret next week for a doping test exercise to be conducted by a team of six professional doctors approved by IAAF.

This was confirmed Tuesday by Athletics Kenya Chairman Jack Tuwei in a meeting with Journalists in Nairobi.

After the Rio debacle that saw Kenya’s National Olympic committee disbanded by Sports Cs Dr. Hassan Wario and threats from the World Anti doping Agency against Kenyan athletes, Athletics Kenya has embarked on a process aimed at protecting all Kenyan athletes to ensure that they are not banned from the sporting activity due to doping.

According to the federation, six professional doctors approved by IAAF will be conducting doping tests to athletes before they participate in any international event.

This is drawn from a meeting that was held last year in Monaco by IAAF and attended by all Athletics federations in the World including Kenya’s.

109 elite athletes including Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and David Rudisha will be in Eldoret next week for the tests.

Kenya got into WADA’s cross hairs after the country missed two deadlines to comply with the World Anti Doping Code.

The establishment of ADAK and enactment of anti-doping legislation were listed as key requirements as the anti-doping watchdog clamped down on Kenya to deal with the escalating use of proscribed drugs by the country’s athletes with over 40 serving suspensions since 2012.