In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta is concerned about the recent rise in doping cases among the country’s athletes. He asks the Ministry of Sports to develop a major training and testing plan to combat this scourge. For the Kenyan president, the country’s reputation is at stake a few months before the Olympics.
“Kenya has built its reputation as a stronghold of sport on pure and just victories.” This statement is signed by Uhuru Kenyatta, who expresses his concern over the increase in doping cases discovered in recent months among Kenyan athletes.
This presidential speech was held over the weekend at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, reopened after 3 years of renovation, an important venue for football competitions and athletics races in the country.
The Kenyan president is instructing his sports minister to launch a major training and testing operation to combat doping. An agenda that should be a priority and subject to regular evaluations to measure progress.
Increase in doping cases
The speech comes the day after long-distance runner Patrick Siele was suspended for three years for evading doping tests. Last July, the Athletics Integrity Unit had already pinned no less than four athletes, all of whom received penalties from 2 years to 8 years in suspension.
A recovery in doping cases that could further tarnish the image of Kenyan athletics. The pressure is rising a few months before the Tokyo Olympics.