The World Athletics general Council will Tuesday seat to decide on the next course of action for Kenya in regards to the numerous doping cases reported among its athletes lately.
Kenya will know her fate in the particular case after the deliberations in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
The World Athletics, World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) are expected to put their heads together and decide if the athletics powerhouse will face sanctions or not.
The development unfolds after the world Athletics president Sebastian Coe praised Kenya for her effort to eradicate doping in its athletics ecosystem.
“I welcome the additional resources provided by the Government of Kenya in the fight against doping. The only way we can reduce the magnitude of this problem is the collective commitment of all sports stakeholders in Kenya,” said Coe.
After more than 55 Kenyan athletes were banned and eight provisionally suspended for violation of doping regulations, cheating in Kenya might be the main topic of discussion in the Tueday’s meeting, according to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).
Kenya’s new Cabinet Secretary for Sports Ababu Namwamba has already promised to end the costly vice that has put the country on the edge of sanctions.
The youthful CS last week promised to increase funding of over Kshs 600 million for the period of five years to the relevant bodies in the particular fight.
“The government of Kenya respects and upholds the right of all athletes to participate in sports without using stimulants. Additionally, our authorities support the promotion of health, justice and equality for all people participating in sports and recreation,” said Namwamba
“We are therefore alarmed and saddened by the increase in Kenyan athletes using doping agents, which has tragically resulted in the most unfortunate downgrading of Kenya’s premium status and led to classification as a Doping Rules in Athletics. This “Category A” violator under the World Anti-doping Rules in athletics. This is despite the existing legal framework enacted to tame the doping vice,” Namwamba stated.
Meanwhile, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has come with a list of countries in risk of suspension.
Kenya is among four nations listed in Category A – member federations the World Athletics reported doping violations.
Ethiopia, Belarus, hosts of next year’s European Games, and Ukraine are also on the radar of the World Anti-Doping Agency.- Advertisement -