By Bernard Okumu
NAIROBI, Feb 15 Kenyan Police have launched investigations into doping allegations among athletes in the country, says Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Joseph Boinnet, who adds that the police are already following up on some “persons of interest” in the doping claims.
Boinnet said here over the weekend that allegations of doping among Kenyan athletes was painting Kenyan athletics negatively and ruining the name of the country as an athletics superpower.
Speaking when he represented Interior Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Joseph Nkaisery at the National Cross-Country Championships, Boinnet asked athletes to stay away from drugs. “The fact that a few acting in cahoots with their associates to indulge in doping is messing up the important facet of our athletics life is a great dishonor,” said Boinnet.
While assuring that the police were already working with the athletics fraternity to stem the rise in doping cases among athletes, Boinnet equated reports on doping among Kenyan athletes are sabotage and asked the athletes to remain clean.
Former Kenyan athletics world and Olympics champion Dr. Kipchoge Keino urged young athletes to bring back the glory that Kenyan athletics enjoyed. “In our days we ran barefeet and clean and we brought home medals, I am sure you can make it if you choose to.”
Athletics Kenya acting President Jack Tuwei also urged athletes to stay clean and to stay away from doping.