20 February 2013

Kenya: Dopers Should Be Looked At in Isolation, Says Tanui

Two-time Boston marathon winner Moses Tanui yesterday said selective cases of doping should not used be used to vilify the entire athletics fraternity.

Tanui said World Anti Drug Agencies have always tested Kenyan athletes who compete on the international scene and such few cases should not be used to taint Kenya. He said it is surprising how Kenya's top and respected athlete can make such claims without any proof.

"We should be very careful when making such allegations without evidence. Kenya has performed exceptionally well and we should not look for flimsy reasons to undermine the history of this nation," Tanui added. In any case, Tanui said most athletes have fallen victims of drug use while trying to treat sickness. "Some of them buy pain killers across the counter only to fall victims at the end of the day. I think we need to educate our athletes more on this issue," he noted.

"Athletes must learn to seek medical help before using certain drugs even it is a simple headache," he noted. Tanui was reacting to recent allegation by former world 3,000m steeplechase record holder, Moses Tanui that doping is rife in Kenya.

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