The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) is worried over the increased cases of dipping in Kenya.
Brett Clothier, head of the AIU, called for the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) to be adequately funded to contain the menace that puts Kenya at risk.
A statement from the head of the organization said they are catching up on Kenyan athletes who doping but it’s worrying to see how the number are rising.
“We are getting much, much better at catching athletes and there is really nowhere to hide. Sadly, there is no getting around that there is a lot of doping in Kenya, it’s a very serious issue and this is a very serious moment for Kenyan athletics,” he said.
2021 Boston Marathon women’s champion Diana Chemtai Kipyokei and her compatriot Betty Wilson Lempus were provisionally suspended on October 21 after returning Adverse Analytical Findings (AAFs) that pointed to the use of the synthetic glucocorticoids substances – triamcinolone acetonide – that act as potent, banned steroids which help reduce inflammation in the body and treat articular sprains, pain, and injuries.
The local federation announced on Tuesday that they are monitoring keenly and moving swiftly to address the shocking cases involving what is becoming the substance of choice for the country’s drug cheats.
“Athletics Kenya (AK) is currently doing everything possible to unearth the perpetrators of the doping vice. We remain committed to playing our part to ensure doping is a thing of the past by fully cooperating with the AIU, World Athletics and ADAK in investigations,” AK said in a statement issued in Nairobi.