AK scoffs at new doping allegations by German journalist
Athletics Kenya (AK) has questioned the timing of the latest doping allegations against Kenyan runners ahead of the World Championships in Doha.
AK President Jack Tuwei in a press statement in response to Monday’s allegations by a Germany television ZDF journalist identified as Harm, stated that the claimsthat two Kenyan athletes were injected with Erythropoietin (EPO) are far-fetched.
“IAAF issued strict instructions early this year on the athletes’ qualifications to the World Championship in Doha. “All the athletes selected for the World Championship met all the conditions and in AK we received and certified all the results as forwarded to us by ADAK, the body responsible for carrying out all the tests,” said Tuwei.
“Athletics Kenya is not aware of any athlete who has been injected with EPO or any other substance. We request the said Harm to provide us with any evidence of the allegations as he stated that he witnessed the doctor administering the EPO in order to enable us take action.
“We also advise the said Harm that if he is not comfortable with this process of availing the evidence to us, he should avail the information to the Athletics Integrity Unit,” AK said.
AK also stated that it is only the Anti Doping Association of Kenya (ADAK) that carries out tests and not AK. He refuted claims that AK and ADAK are working together to hide doping cases.
According to Tuwei, the allegations that AK altered test results shows that Harm does not know the procedures of carrying out tests for athletes in Kenya.
According to Tuwei, the allegations that AK compromised results shows that Harm does not know the procedures of carrying out tests for athletes in Kenya.
The statement from AK comes even as IAAF President Sebastain Coe confirmed that the governing body’s integrity unity has received claims of doping against Kenyan athletes ahead of the 17th edition of the World Championships planned to run from September 27 to October 6.