Kenyan Senate Takes Tough Stance on Doping Athletes

Kenyan senators have unanimously passed the Anti-Doping Amendment Bill 2020. Once signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta, athletes involved in doping will face stringent measures, including jail terms. This follows a number of cases where top Kenyan athletes took banned substances. Big names include marathon runner Jemima Sumgong, who tested positive for a banned substance in 2017 and banned for 8 years, long-distance runner Salome Biwott, who received the maximum 8-year doping ban from the IAAF Integrity Unit in 2019. Three-time World and Olympic 1,500m champ Asbel Kiprop received a shock 4-year doping ban in 2019, following an out-of-competition test in November 2017. His ban was backdated from February 3, 2018. This amendment bill follows a call by the Athletics Integrity Unit to budding young athletes to shun substances that could lead to doping violations.

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