Coe says Kenya faces 'long journey' to tackle athletics doping

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    World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe warned that the number of positive cases could rise as testing increases<br> World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe said Thursday that Kenya faced a “long journey” to tackle a doping crisis that has mired the sport in the track and field powerhouse.<br> Kenya has vowed to clean up its act after last year escaping a World Athletics ban for slot gacor hari ini drug use that threatened to make the country a sporting pariah.<br> A raft of Kenyan runners have been suspended after testing positive for banned drugs, with more than 50 Kenyans listed on the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) global list of ineligible athletes.<br> The East African nation has been in the top category on the World-Anti Doping Agency watch list since February 2016, alongside only Bahrain, Belarus, Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria and Ukraine.<br> “The journey will be a long journey (to clean up athletics),” Coe said at a Nairobi press conference alongside Kenyan Sports Minister Ababu Namwamba.<br> “We should not kid ourselves this is going to be achieved overnight,” he added, while also saying he was pleased by Kenya’s commitment to crack down on the problem.<br> The government has pledged $25 million (24 million euros) over five years to help finance more anti-doping personnel, increase testing and investigation and bolster education programmes.<br> “It’s inevitable with the extra resourcing, the extra level of testing and the extra level of intelligence from the tests that the number of positives is likely to rise,” Coe said.<br> “I have always said that I would rather have the short-term embarrassment of a positive test than a long term decline and reputational damage of a sport both locally and internationally.”<br> Coe spoke to reporters after meeting Kenyan President William Ruto who vowed to “end doping”.<br> “Kenya will not spare any efforts in the fight against doping,” Ruto said on Twitter.

    “The Government will go an extra mile in protecting the integrity of athletics.”<br> Kenya created its own anti-doping agency in 2016 and introduced criminal penalties including jail time for those caught up in cheating.<br> But nobody has been prosecuted to date, and the number of Kenyan athletes found guilty of doping has only climbed.<br>


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