In Summary
  • The truth of the matter is that we have tried to use other means to fight doping but it’s not very effective
  • Jail terms will work very effectively as this will ensure dopers are separated from clean athletes
  • We can never continue treating dopers with kids gloves at the expense of the country’s reputation

Recent headlines in various media houses on China’s fight against doping has got me thinking.

According to the top story, Chinese athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs will receive criminal punishments and jail terms from next year as China cracks down on doping ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Already, China’s sports administration and top judicial authorities are drafting criminal law on doping. The new anti-doping punishments will probably be put into effect early this year. Perhaps this is the way to go for Kenya with the rising cases of doping in the country.

Like China, doping scandals have messed Kenya’s international sporting record in the past few years with some athletes serving four-year bans.

Former National Olympic Committee of Kenya chairman Kipchoge Keino had earlier proposed the same stringent measures, but the issue was washed under the carpet.

Kipchoge wanted doping to be made criminal. He argued the move would ensure whoever engages in or encourages doping in sports faces stern action, including a jail sentence, so as to protect the country’s upcoming sportsmen and women.

Indeed, the truth of the matter is that we have tried to use other means to fight doping but it’s not very effective.

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