Rudisha: Rising doping cases tarnishing Kenyan athletes

Thursday, April 16th, 2020 00:00 |
World 800m record holder David Rudisha.

Erocson Kiprono

World 800m record holder David Rudisha has lashed out at athletes tarnishing Kenya’s status in the world as an athletics giant by violating anti-doping rules.

Rudisha said he is worried by the increasing number of athletes testing positive on the use of banned substances despite the government’s commitment in the fight against the menace.

“ I am very worried that the number is rising and some athletes are being misadvised into using performance enhancing drugs to make quick money. We are killing the talent that our fathers and mothers pioneered many years ago by training hard and running clean,” Rudisha said.

Rudisha, who is also the Confederation of African Athletics president, said the only people who can stop doping are the athletes since they are solely responsible for their actions and bodies.

“If today all athletes say no to doping then we will win the war. It is us athletes who will put an end to it and I want to urge all Kenyan athletes to compete clean,” Rudisha told People Sport.

His remarks come barely a day after the Athletics Intergrity Unit (AIU) provisionally suspended 2017 London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru for anti-doping violation.

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