Kenya’s sports minister has said his country will not tolerate doping in any sporting activity in the country and will take measures against those who are involved in such acts.
“The Kenyan government is ready to eradicate doping. We will collaborate with all agencies to ensure that this sporting activity is done in a proper manner.”
Hassan Wario Arero, Kenya’s sports minister said after a second report by the World Anti-Doping Agency was announced on Thursday in Munich.
The Kenyan government is ready to eradicate doping. We will collaborate with all agencies to ensure that this sporting activity is done in a proper manner.
Dick Pound, chairman of the independent investigatory commission stated that “Kenya clearly has a doping problem.” He however stated that he did not investigate on Kenya or any other suspected country because “this was not part of my job description.
“Another independent investigatory commission will focus on Kenya. But we were not authorised to go further on this file,” he added.
Kenya is not ready to allow doping to tarnish its image.
More than 40 Kenyan athletes have been suspended on doping charges in the past two years.The anti-doping agency is looking forward to do an in-depth investigation in future.
Kenya decided to create its National Anti-Doping Agency and has been working on new laws to fight doping. The draft laws are expected to be presented before Kenya’s parliament in the upcoming weeks.
The east African country was brought to the spotlight ever since revelations on corruption and doping in athletics led to the suspension of top officials in the athletics federation, the latest case being Isaiah Kiplagat (former present of the athletics federation) in 2015.