In Summary
  • He said that Kenyan athletes will only be allowed to compete at the World Championships and Olympics after going through three out-of-competition doping test and a similar number of test during competition.
  • "This should happen within 10 months before the events, " said Tuwei, as he reminded the athletes to take their biological passports seriously.

Any Kenyan athlete who will be sanctioned for doping offence will not represent the country in any championship events, Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei announced on Thursday.

Tuwei said he will not allow the country to be mocked or ridiculed at an international level because of doping.

"We saw what happened at 2017 World Championships in London where an athlete was booed through out his races. That is what I don't want to happen to any Kenyan athlete or this country," said Tuwei.

US sprinter Justin Gatlin, who had just returned to action after completing a doping ban, was booed during his races but silenced his critics when he won the men's 100m title.

"We won't allow any convicted doper to compete for us no matter how good they are even after completing their ban."

Tuwei was speaking at the start of the three-day Athletes Conference at Safari Park on Thursday.

Tuwei reminded the athletes that the country is still on International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) by virtue of the country being put in Category A of countries where doping is prevalent.

He said that Kenyan athletes will only be allowed to compete at the World Championships and Olympics after going through three out-of-competition doping test and a similar number of test during competition.

"This should happen within 10 months before the events, " said Tuwei, as he reminded the athletes to take their biological passports seriously.

Tuwei warned athletes from changing their birth certificates to falsify their ages.

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