Keino: Kenya must act on doping
15 October 2014, 18:01
Nairobi - National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) Chairman, Dr Kipchoge Keino,
says Kenya risks being barred from international competition if it does
not act swiftly to curb doping in the country.
Dr Keino said global anti-doping chiefs were not happy with the lack
of action taken by Kenya authorities and their perceived ambivalence on
During a meeting with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and
International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Japan last weekend, Dr Keino
said they "expressed disappointment with Kenya's handling of doping".
Over 30 Kenyans have tested positive to doping substances in the past
two years, a figure which concerns the international community.
"They are asking what steps has the Government taken since the task
force submitted their report. They are saying Jamaica, who was cited
alongside Kenya has made decisive steps in tackling the scourge, but no
news is coming from Kenya," said Dr Keino.
"They are not happy and are contemplating sanctions if Kenya does not
act decisively. You know what that means. They can even ban Kenya from
international competitions, which would be terrible to our sportsmen and
Dr Keino added that the Kenyan government should apply for funding
from Unesco anti-doping programme as part of the effort to tackle
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The Standard in Kenya tried to reach Cabinet Secretary for Sport,
Arts and Culture, Dr Hassan Wario for comment, but he was unavailable.
They did reach Commissioner for Sports, Gordon Oluoch, and he said
that plans were afoot to bring Kenya in line with international
"You should reach the Cabinet Secretary because he has more details on this matter," said Olouch.
"But what I can tell you is the Government will send a very strong
delegation to Cape Town next week for a tripartite partnership with
Anti-Doping Norway and CHINADA (Chinese National Anti-Doping Agency) in
collaboration with WADA and WADA Africa Regional Office.
"That shows that we are serious with doping matters otherwise we
would not be sending a team to the conference. We are taking doping
matters very seriously and we shall take very decisive action on
recommendations made by the task force," he said.
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