11 December 2012

Kenya: State Needs to Help in Anti-Doping Crusade, Says AK Boss

Athletics Kenya chairman Isaiah Kiplagat has said it is only the government that can help the federation investigate cases of doping in the country.

Kiplagat said the federation does not have the powers to investigate implicated athletes nor do they have the powers to knock on the doors of suspected suppliers (clinics).

Kiplagat was speaking on the wake of numerous letters from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) which have called on them to investigate allegations of doping by German national TV ARD journalist Hajo Seppelt.

Seppelt named several Kenyan athletes in an investigative piece. The journalist alleged Pamela Jelimo and world marathon record holder Patrick Makau were clients of clinics in Nairobi known to be supplying banned substances including EPO (erythropoietin).

"We always conduct anti-doping processes during our events as required by Wada and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)," said Kiplagat.

"Wada has been following up on Seppelt's allegations but we have maintained that it is the journalist who should provide any information that he has for us to pursue it."

He said that apart from the case in which four Kenyans were said to have doped by the IAAF ahead of the 2012 London Olympics, AK does not have any evidence of doping at the local level.

Mathew Kisorio, a double African junior champion, was implicated alongside Ronald Kipchumba, Rael Kiyara and Jemima Jelagat. Kiplagat revealed that an Independent Commission is being established to investigate the issue but insisted that unless the government is involved, through the Police, they will never get much in the way of results.

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