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Kenyan star questions IAAF role in doping issues

Kenyan star questions IAAF role in doping issues


As the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) intensify its quest on doping in athletics, Kenyan steeplechase star Moses Kiptanui has accused the top leadership of IAAF of complacency in fighting corruption and doping that have rocked the sport.

The former three-time 3,000m steeplechase champion and world record holder is concerned why IAAF supremo Sebastian Coe and vice-president Sergey Bubka inability to raise alarm over the many ills in world athletics’ governing body during the tenure of former president Lamine Diack.

Senegalese Diak was accused on Thursday of organising “ conspiracy and corruption” at the heart of the federation and also sanctioned fraud and extortion of athletes during his 16 years period.

Sebastian Coe has been there eight years as vice-president (and also Bubka). He didn't smell anything was wrong in the IAAF?

He said the credibility of Coe to steer the IAAF had been dented added that the Briton, a world 800m record holder, must move fast to restore order in the federation if “he wants people to believe he’s a good person.”

According to Kiptanui, the malpractices in the IAAF have been replicated in Kenya, where three top officials of the national athletics federation were suspended in December last year over corruption and doping cover-up allegations.

It would be recalled that Kenya’s sports minister had 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.

Chairman,independent investigatory commission, Dick Pound stated that “Kenya clearly has a doping problem.” However, he noted that that he did not investigate on Kenya or any other suspected country because it was was not part of his job description.

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