Gov’t moves swiftly to ensure Kenya complies with anti-doping rules

By DPPS

The Government has moved swiftly to ensure Kenya becomes compliant on issues of anti-doping, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

Mr. Ruto said the move by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to declare Kenya in breach of global anti-doping rules was not being taken lightly by the Government.

The Deputy President said the latest developments would mean some the worlds top athletes are at risk of missing important games in the globe saying everything was being done to correct the situation.

“I want to assure Kenyans and athletes in particular that we are taking the issue seriously. If there is anywhere in the law that we need to adjust to correct the situation, we will do so,” said Mr. Ruto.

“The sporting fraternity should know that the Government will do whatever issue required by the World Anti-Doping Agency and agree with it on every issue so that they (athletes) continue showing their talents and expertise,” added Mr. Ruto.

Speaking at Kamasia Secondary school grounds in Marakwet East, Elgeyo Marakwet County on Friday, Mr. Ruto said world championships would not be the same without the participation of Kenyan athletes.

“Championships will be a pale of shadow of what Olympics could be without the participation of Kenyans,” said Mr. Ruto.

MPs Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo/Marakwet, Wesely Korir (Cherangany) David Kangogo (Marakwet East), William Kisang (Marakwet West), Jackson Kiptanui (Keiyo South), Samuel Moroto (Kapenguria), JM Waiganjo (Ol Jororok) and Susan Chebet (Elgeyo/Marakwet) and Governor Alex Tolgos were present.

The MPs urged the Government to do everything possible to solve the problem of anti-doping to allow Kenya’s athletes to continue participating in world championships.

“The Government should look into the problem to ensure Kenya becomes compliant on issues of anti-doping,” said Mr. Korir.

Earlier while addressing wananchi at Bishop Makorios Boys Secondary School in Aldai constituency Nandi County, Governor Cleophas Lagat said athletics was the major source of income among the Kalenjin athletes.

“It is not in our culture and it has never been in our history for athletes from the Kalenjin community to use drugs,” said Langat.

  

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