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Monday, June 27, 2016

Kemboi keen to up the war against doping

IAAF Athletes’ Commission member Ezekiel Kemboi has cited fight against doping as his number one agenda this year.

Kemboi, who is also a four-time world 3000m steeplechase champion, said he will work hard to ensure athletes are sensitized on matters to do with doping and at the same time champion for a clean sport. “Doping is really a problem and my priority this year is to take the fight to another level. I believe together we can win this war,” Kemboi noted.

“As established athletes we should be in the fore front in condemning the vice and educating the upcoming athletes on the dangers of using the banned substances,” he said. The 3,000m steeplechase legend was speaking on the sidelines at Kip Keino High Performance Training Centre in Eldoret during the visit by the IOC deputy director general, Pere Miro. Kemboi decried the diminishing young athletic talent due to the use of prohibited substances.

“ Some of the athletes have been banned at their prime and that is talent gone to waste. Those venturing into athletics should understand that there is no short cut to the top and one has got to take the stairs,” he noted. Kemboi called for the government to establish a laboratory in the country for blood tests.

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