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December 16, 2018

Tergat on fire:Nock president calls for stiffer penalties against anti-doping rules violators

Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop competes during a past 1500m race /COURTESY
Kenya’s Asbel Kiprop competes during a past 1500m race /COURTESY
National Olympic Committee of Kenya President(NOCK) Paul Tergat has called for a review of the country’s anti-doping strategies in the wake of a positive verdict against former Olympic and world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop.
An emotional Tergat said news that Kiprop has returned an adverse analytical finding is casting a very shameful and dark blot on Kenya’s sterling athletics prowess globally.
The former five-time world cross country champion said doping is a cancer within us and cannot be swept under the carpet under the guise of confidentiality but instead should be exposed for what it is. “It cannot be business as usual. We need to come up with new strategies and have a serious conversation about doping in the country, not only in athletics but across all sports,” said Tergat.
He termed doping as a criminal act and called for stiffer sanctions for those involved. “Yes we have the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya in law but I think it’s about time we have tougher sanctions for those caught in the act,” added Tergat.
He cited the case of Russia who have been thrown out of major world athletics events and championships as an example and said Kenya must guard their athletics heritage and pedigree for the future. “Look at the case of Russia they are world superpower but I am confident the IAAF will not readmit them because of their history when it comes to anti-doping violations,” he observed.
Tergat said under his watch as Nock president, he will work with the various government agencies to stem the tide.
Meanwhile, Tergat said he was satisfied with the performance of Kenyan athletes at the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast last month and thanked the ministry of sports for providing valuable support for the Club Games.
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