US News Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta calls for an anti-doping plan

01:15  28 september  2020
01:15  28 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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In Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta is concerned about the recent increase in doping cases among athletes in the country. He calls on the Sports Ministry to develop a major education and testing plan to combat this scourge. For the Kenyan president, the country's reputation is at stake a few months before the Olympic Games.

“Kenya has built its reputation as a stronghold of sport on clean and fair victories. This declaration is signed by Uhuru Kenyatta who expresses his concern at the increase in doping cases detected in recent months among Kenyan athletes.

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This presidential speech was held this weekend at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, reopened after 3 years of renovation, a major venue for football competitions and athletics races in the country.

The Kenyan president instructs his sports minister to start a major education and testing campaign to fight doping. An agenda that should be a priority and subject to regular evaluations to measure progress.

Resurgence of doping cases

The speech comes the day after the three-year suspension of long-distance runner Patrick Siele for dodging doping tests. Last July, the Athletics Integrity Unit had already pinned no fewer than four athletes, all with sentences ranging from 2 years to 8 years in suspension.

An upsurge in doping cases which could further tarnish the image of Kenyan athletics. The pressure is mounting a few months before the Tokyo Olympics.

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