NAIROBI, June 15 – Kenyan elite athletes have been urged to exercise caution and obey rules at all times, if Kenya is to be removed from the watch lift of doping violations.
Addressing elite athletes at an Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) Seminar at the Sportsview Hotel on Thursday, Mwangi Muthee, the Chief Executive Officer of IAAF World Under 18 Championships Local Organising Committee, told Kenyan athletes that they are victims of their own success.
Faith Chepngetich, the Rio Olympics Games 1,500m champion poses with Mwangi Muthee CEO World Under-18 at the ADAK seminar on June 15, 2017. Photo/Mohammed Amin/LOC
Muthee, who was accompanied by Ibrahim Hussein, the Director of IAAF Regional Training Centre for Anglophone Africa in Nairobi, urged athletes that the only way to retain their status as clean athletes is by training hard and following the rules.
“I am happy that you have responded to invitation to this seminar. It is important to follow rules because of the focus on you guys. The world is looking at us and it is only fair that we follow rules and win clean like we used to do during Ibrahim Hussein’s era,” he said.
Hussein was the first African to win New York City Marathon in 1987 and went on to win Boston City Marathon and Honolulu Marathon three times each.
“The world is keen on what is happening in Kenya. You just train hard and follow rules and we will be respected again,” said Muthee.
Physiotherapists, Peter Ndihiu and Jessica Shiraku during the ADAK Seminar at Sportsview Hotel on Thursday. Photo/Mohammed Amin/LOC.
Hussein, on his part, said Kenyan athletes are victims of their own success.
“During our time, there were not many cases of doping so we were not put under pressure like you guys. Kenyan top marathoners were Douglas Wakiihuri, who was based in Japan, and myself, who was based in United States. But due to your own success, you are being watched so keenly that you have no choice but to obey rules and attend seminars like this one,” said Hussein.
“You must be careful of what you eat and who comes near. You never know who you are dealing with,” Muthee told the athletes.
He announced that there would be a Champions Lounge during the World Under 18 Championships inside the stadium to give the world beaters an opportunity to watch the event.
ADAK Director for Education Agnes Mandu and Athletics Kenya (AK) Administrative Officer, Susan Kamau, were also in attendance.