Anti-doping agency targets federations in war against enhancers

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The anti-doping agency of Kenya has asked the country’s sports federations to embrace activities that will see athletes keep off doping drugs.

Agnes Mandu, ADAK national director for research, said sportsmen must keep off performance enhancing drugs to save their reputation.

She said this will enable them attract sponsorships and also build their legacy adding that athletes should consider the greatness that comes with a clean and fair win.

“ADAK is calling upon all the federations to embrace anti-doping
activities with a view to promote fairness, well-being of the players, and also clean the sport sector.

She said this while addressing a workshop of over 150 delegates from varied sporting disciplines in a Kakamega hotel on Wednesday.

“Federations should start planning for anti-doping training before hosting major events like the recent Cecafa tournament.”

Mandu added that the agency is ready to engage all stakeholders in the sporting industry so as to safeguard the players and the country’s reputation.

“We require support from all of you so as to reach as many youths as possible and help them do the right things during competitions.”

Some Kenyan athletes have been banned from international championships after testing positive for outlawed substances.

For instance, in November, Olympic marathon champion Jemimah Sumgong was banned for four years after she tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO).

She joined the list which also includes Boston and Chicago marathons champion Rita Jeptoo was handed a two-year ban.

The International Association of Athletics Federations made the decision after she tested positive for EPO.

More on this: Jemima Sumgong banned for four years over positive EPO test

Also read: ‘I’m sorry’, Jemima Sumgong tells Kenya over 4-year ban

Robert Mukhwana, national secondary schools sports association deputy secretary general, said they will work closely with ADAK to help young players keep off the drugs.

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