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Kenya set up anti-doping centre

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2013 | 8:26 AM

Kenya has set up an anti-doping centre in the north-western town of Eldoret, the home of the country's distance running training camp.

Athletics Kenya says the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was concerned that the country's government was not taking doping seriously.

Three-time 3,000-metre steeplechase world champion Moses Kiptanui had previously claimed doping was rife in Kenya.

Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat says Kenya's credibility is being doubted.

Kiptanui, one of the most successful runners in Kenyan history, had alleged in February that many athletes use performance-enhancing drugs as a shortcut to wealth.

Last September, Kenya's athletics authorities revealed they were investigating allegations of widespread doping after media allegations that doctors had given banned substances to runners at a high-altitude training facility.

More than 40 leading Kenyan athletes were subjected to out-of-competition blood tests after a team of overseas drug-testers paid an unannounced visit to the Rift Valley base.

It followed reports in November that WADA had expressed frustration at a lack of communication from sporting authorities.

In June 2012, distance runner Mathew Kisorio failed a drugs test at Kenya's national championships and claimed doping was commonplace.


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