Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei has warned athletes against falling into hands of agents and coaches who lure them into doping.
Tuwei noted that Kenya is on the watch list due to doping activities admitting that Athletics Kenya has to do more on sensitizing athletes on doping to save the country from serious sanction by the world athletics body.
He said that Kenya was still on IAAF anti-doping watch list with and the country will be under surveillance for running “non-compliant” systems in the fight against banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Speaking while launching Africa cross country champions team at St Marks Kigari teachers college, Tuwei said that the athletes are placing the country at the risk of being sanctioned by allowing themselves to be used by some conmen who are after athlete’s money and not their career.
The cross country team will be heading to Algeria from 13th this month to participate in Africa cross country champions.
Tuwei noted that despite World Athletics governing body IAAF warning Kenyans athletes against doping some athletes have not stopped expressing fears that athletes from other countries may place caution and refuse to participate in competitions with Kenyans athletes.
He appealed to Kenyan athletes to acquire the list of prohibited substance so as not to fall prey into doping adding that should the athletes fail to adhere to the rules they have themselves to blame.
Tuwei said that the federation is working with Anti doping agency to educating athletes as well as continue with random tests on all athletes before participating in various competition locally or internationally.
The Athletics Kenya boss said most runners were being tempted by the huge financial incentives for international races that he said would now be curtailed and controlled from Athletics Kenya headquarters.
He said that AK will work tirelessly to clean the already tarnished name of its great athletes and promised the world of athletics that Kenya will regain its glory days of winning big athletics events.