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Kipsang, Keitany on doping: Govt must act

05 November 2014, 12:50

Nairobi - Recently crowned New York Marathon champions Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany have urged Athletics Kenya (AK) to deal swiftly and decisively on doping problems in the sport.

This comes after their fellow marathon runner Rita Jeptoo's "A" sample tested positive for EPO.

Kipsang and Keitany arrived back in Kenya this week to a hero's welcome. No AK officials were present at the airport, but they were received  by the professional Athletes Association of Kenya (PAAK) officials.

Kipsang said the news of Jeptoo's positive test was very sad to hear.

Also read: Kenya promises action against sports doping

“I just received the news that Jeptoo had tested positive when I was in New York and it was very sad because we need a clean sport and that’s what we have been trying to advocate," he said.

"Many athletes don’t know prohibited drugs because there is no awareness but through PAAK where I’m the president I will make sure all upcoming and top runners are aware of doping.

“It wasn’t good news especially to athletes who have been running at the top with good times, but I think it’s something which the government should go deep and intervene and make sure it doesn’t happen anymore because it doesn’t portray a good image to our country,” Kipsang added.

Keitany echoed Kipsang's words, saying: “The federation should take action on doping cases because it’s give us and our country a tainted image out there.”

 - TEAMtalk Media

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