NAIROBI: Doping is a global threat and there should be no discrimination in the new severe anti-doping rules announced by the IAAF at its meeting in Buenos Aires Last week, a senior Kenyan athletics official said:
According to the rules approved by the International Association of Athletics Federations, the athletes Kenyans will be among those who must have at least three anti-doping tests out of competition in the 10 months before the world championships or the Olympics.
"The rigorous doping tests to which Kenyan athletes will be subjected are a necessary evil to safeguard the interest of the majority of those who run in purity," Barnaba Korir, a member of Athletics Kenya (AK ) Executive Committee, told Reuters.
"We believe, however, that this is done with the assurance that doping is a global threat and must be fought as such without discrimination.K AK will cooperate fully to achieve its goals and help reduce and ultimately eliminate this vice. "
Up to 50 Kenyan athletes have failed doping tests in the last six years, among them Jemima Sumgong, Rio 2016 Olympic champion Asi Kiprop, 1500m world champion, who denied repeatedly reprehensible acts.
The case of Kiprop relates to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), an independent body that handles all issues related to doping. London next month. Under the new anti-doping rules announced Friday, the IAAF has divided its member federations into three categories that will have different obligations based on their success in athletics and the perceived risk of doping.
Kenya is in Category A with its rivals from East Africa, Ethiopia, Belarus and Ukraine, which have been described by the IAAF as "Member federations at major risk of doping".
Previously, the obligations under the anti-do IAU recommended the new regulations to the IAAF as a crucial step in protecting the integrity of the sport.