"We had meetings with Sports Principal Secretary Patrick Omutia but
he was resolute that there is no more money for us. Without increasing
our allocation it will be almost impossible to go on with the work,"
Wekesa said in Nairobi.
The government gave the committee 55,000 U.S. dollars to work for 60
days and deliver a report upon, which was to form the baseline for the
programme against doping in Kenya.
The committee has just worked for less than a month and exhausted
their fund and still have a long programme before presenting their
conclusions to the government. They are demanding triple the initial
disbursement for them to clear the work.
"Our mandate was to last for 60 days. It expired on January 10, if
you don't factor the Christmas holidays. In fact we just worked for 23
days and presented a preliminary report to the government. We have also
asked them to release more money to us so we can complete the remaining
assignment," said Wekesa.
The team wants 165, 000 dollars to clear the work. Wario named the
committee in November last year in the wake of reports that Kenyan
sportsmen and women were openly involved in doping.
Back in 2012, then World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) President John
Fahey asked Kenya to investigate the matter after an undercover German
television journalist reported that the blood- boosting drug EPO and
other doping products were readily available in local camps in Kenya and
over the counter sales in chemists and pharmacies.
"Kenyans are under the spotlight for their good performance
internationally, and, to maintain credibility, therefore we have to
ensure that anti-doping measures are fully in place," Wario said in
Several star athletes including Olympic 800m Champion David Rudisha
said the anti-doping campaign and Kenya's slow process to silence the
rumours will cost them financially and emotionally.
"We win clean and we are tested numerous times. But there are
calibres of young athletes, sprouting or keen to curve a niche that are
trying to spoil the sport by going through short cuts. The government
must rein on them and clean the sport," said Rudisha.
Recently, Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat also confirmed
that plans are at an advanced stage to build a laboratory in Nairobi in
2014, to be used as a blood centre for testing.
He made the announcement at a seminar for athletes in Eldoret in the
Rift Valley, where issues to do with doping and investments were
The blood centre will also serve Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda,
Burundi and the Central African region. Currently, Africa has only one
centre in Johannesburg, after Wada closed the one in Tunis.
"This will help cut down on the expenses and time taken to get the results done in Germany or South Africa," said Kiplagat.
The IAAF physician in charge of anti-doping, Dr Giussepe Fischetto,
urged athletes to consult with sports doctors to identify the components
of drugs and those that they should avoid.
Despite Wada concerns, it has taken over a year for Kenya to react,
just a day before global conference in Johannesburg, where the country,
together with Jamaica were a topic for dragging their feet over tackling
Wekesa said the consequences of them not finishing their work will be grave especially for local athletes.
"The whole world is waiting for this report because in it we are
supposed to make recommendations on how to stop the vice if indeed it
exists. Without it, local athletes are likely to be locked out of major
international events," he added.
At the moment, the committee has interviewed over 110 people during
its sittings held in Nairobi, Eldoret, Kisumu, Kapsabet, Iten and
"We have also carried research on 918 active athletes by taking a sample of some the things they use," said Wekesa.
Since January 2012, increased doping tests have netted 17 Kenyan
cheats. That is on the high side because since 2006 to 2012 only five
cases were reported, most being out of ignorance or for medication