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Kenya to punish Commonwealth drug cheats

12 July 2014, 09:30

Nairobi - Sports Cabinet Secretary Dr. Hassan Wario on Friday promised stern action against any competitor from the country's Commonwealth Games squad who will test positive for banned substances in Glasgow.

"We expect a lot of medals from this team since this is the first time we have sent a bigger number and I want to congratulate the National Olympics Committee-Kenya for diversifying the Games to other disciplines because we were known for athletics only," he said.

"As Kenyans we win clean. If you want to cheat, don't go, since you will not be representing us. Doping is not a joke, so don't go mixing up with bad company in Glasgow and end up on the wrong side of the doping. We are going to crack the whip," Wario stated.

Head of the delegation Stephen Arap Soi said they increased the number of disciplines from 12 to 15 to enhance their medal tally and also accommodate all sports that met qualifying standards.

"We have all the reasons and believe that we can achieve good results, because we have best athletes ever selected through competitive and transparent process and we also have a wider rage of disciplines where we added two more from 2010's edition," Soi said.

"We have done adequate preparation in training and the team is in high spirit since all the local allowances will be paid before Friday, while 50 percent of the oversees that is 250 U.S. dollars each per day for 24 days will be paid before departure," Soi stated.

Track and field will be represented by 61 athletes which is the largest contingent in the team. The famed runners won 11 out of 12 gold medals the country bagged in Delhi 2010.

 - Xinhua

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