For decades Kenya has been the big name globally when it came to athletics, now that reputation is being threatened by a few greedy athletes.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has given the country an April deadline to implement new anti-doping measures or risk non-compliance, which could pave the way for a ban on its track and field athletes competing at the Rio Olympics.
40 Kenyan athletes have already banned for doping in the last three years. This has painted a bad picture for the country in the Olympics world. But it seems our own officials are supporting this act. Last week, Athletic Kenya (AK) Chief Executive, Isaac Mwangi was suspended after allegations from two athletes, that he takes bribes to reduce doping bans. Before him, three other AK officials were suspended in November last year. World Anti-Doping Agency have given Kenya up to April to create new anti-doping measures or risk being banned from the Rio Olympics.
For the clean athletes like celebrated Rudisha, this could be a big blow to their careers and aspirations. In an interview at Melbourne he blames this predicament on greedy young athletes who wants to make fast money. “It’s really sad, it’s really unfortunate that this is happening because Kenya previously has a really good reputation,” says Rudisha, “but it’s really tough. Because these young athletes who are desperate to make money, to win races, they end up being fools and getting into these drugs.”
Lets hope something will be done.
By: Joan Rangara