In Summary
  • We have not had clear lines on who qualifies as a coach and it is now time to rectify this.
  • AK really needs to be tough on this because we need to know which coaches are in the country, what they are doing and where they are operating.
  • I am for the good of athletics and I know this is the only way we will liberate the sport from doping.

My attention has been to drawn to a recent story from Athletics Kenya (AK) asking coaches to avail themselves for vetting and registration.
If you ask me, this is a very important exercise that is long overdue.

Truth be told - we have operated poorly in the past allowing people to hover around our athletes in the pretext of coaching them.
We have not had clear lines on who qualifies as a coach and it is now time to rectify this.

Part of the reason a doping cloud hangs over the local athletics scene is some of these people who masquerade as coaches only to take shortcuts by introducing our athletes to the banned substances.

This exercise will no doubt be for the good of the athletes and we all need to accord it the seriousness it deserves.
We cannot continue talking about fighting doping when we can’t even vet the people involved with the sport like the coaches.

AK really needs to be tough on this because we need to know which coaches are in the country, what they are doing and where they are operating.

We are all aware that a Kenyan coach cannot just walk to another country and start coaching without being vetted by the concerned authorities.

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