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January 17, 2019

Camp raided

Conseslus Kipruto, Ezekiel Kemboi and Brimin Kipruto lead the in men’s 3000m steeplechase final during the Olympic Trials at Kipchoge Keino Stadium, Eldoret. /ENOS TECHE
Conseslus Kipruto, Ezekiel Kemboi and Brimin Kipruto lead the in men’s 3000m steeplechase final during the Olympic Trials at Kipchoge Keino Stadium, Eldoret. /ENOS TECHE

Anti-doping officials from Kenya and South Africa conducted a dawn raid on the Kenyan athletics Olympic camp in Eldoret yesterday.

The officials arrived at the camp at about 2am but could not access the facility for more than an hour as their authenticity was sought.

Finally, they were cleared following the intervention of National Olympics Committee of Kenya chairman Kipchoge Keino.

“Today we were woken up by ant-doping officials at about 3am,” said one of the top distance runners. “They wanted both blood and urine samples from each of the athletes.”

“We have been undergoing the process the whole morning meaning there wasn’t even training today,” added the runner. “They are from Kenya and South Africa. They thought we could behave funny but they were shocked to find that we were cooperating.”

The runner argued that the listless dope tests is not causing them any problems since they know they are clean.

“The top runners in here are all clean,” he claimed. “Save for Rita (Jeptoo) and Kisorio (Matthew), the rest who were caught are small time athletes who want to use shortcuts to the glory.”

Meanwhile, Team Kenya chef de mission Stephen Soi on Tuesday said a total of Sh12 million will be used in testing athletes.

He said the move is part of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) directive to test the athletes three times or more before the Olympics.

“The exercise has already begun and the team going to Rio is clean. We want to do away with all these allegations and the world should be ready for a battle on the track because our athletes are clean,” he said. Soi told athletes to stay focused on their training programme and ignore the current doping allegations.

Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Hassan Wario said ADAK through the Africa Zone V RADO has sop far tested over 230 athletes.

“These athletes will form the Team Kenya contingent that will travel to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil later this year of the Olympics,” Wario added.

While saying that the government has given the IAAF and IOC unlimited access to athletes and facilities for purposes of testing to ensure they are free from doping, he said Kenya is supporting a clean sport.

“Kenya continues to subject its athletes to the rigorous testing regime both locally and by independent accredited international officers, because we fundamentally believe in winning clean,” Wario noted.

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