Athletes who skipped ADAMS seminar risk missing national trials

Athletes who skipped the Athletics Kenya (AK) anti-doping seminar held in Eldoret on Tuesdday risk being barred from competing at the national trials.

The seminar meant to sensitize athletes on Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) and issues surrounding doping was attended by 40 athletes out of more than 100 invitees.

According to the AK’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Susan Kamau the seminar was convened following the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) warning.

The world body had issued a warning that those who failed to turn up for the event would not be allowed to participate at the national trials that will be used to select Kenya’s squad for the IAAF World Championships in London.

Kamau explained that the main purpose of the workshop was to open new ADAMS accounts for the athletes.

The system involves keying in important information on the athletes whereabouts.

Apart from sensitisation, the seminar was to open ADAMS’ accounts for the athletes so that we can know their whereabouts, Susan said.

However, I am happy that most of those who failed to turn up for the seminars already have their accounts active. But if some of them missed and they do not have the account, then they will not be eligible for the trials, she warned.

Kenya is still on the World Anti-Doping Agency watch list of nations faced with doping menace.

Recently, Olympic marathon champion, Jemimah Sumgong tested positive of a banned substance in an out-of competition testing. However the results of her Sample B testing are being awaited.

Athletes present included: three-time world 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop; Olympic steeplechase champion, Consenslus Kipruto and Ezekiel Kemboi; two-time world marathon champion, Edna Kiplagat;

Others were former world cross country junior champion, Violah Kibiwott; world steeplechase champion Hyvin Kiyeng and the world cross country champion Irene Cheptai; among others.

Source: Kenya News Agency