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Kenyan athletes who fail doping test to be handed lifetime bans-Sports CS Amina

Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed gives her keynote speech during the closing ceremony of the 2019 Kenya Communications Sports Organisation (Kecoso) games at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County on August 17, 2019./COURTESY

Kenyan athletes who will be found to have used banned substances will not be allowed to compete again for the country in any local or international event.

Cabinet Secretary for Sports Ambassador Amina Mohammed issued that warning as she closed the 40th edition of the Kenya Communications Sports Organisation (KECOSO) Games which ended Saturday afternoon at the Gusii stadium in Kisii County.

Ambassador Mohammed also said that it will not only be the athletes who will be punished for the vice but all persons involved including athletes managers, trainers and agents among others adding that they will be handed lifetime bans never to fly the country’s flag ever again.

“We will keep them here at home together with their trainers and managers to maintain our good international reputation,” she said.

She said the government is committed in promoting clean sports in the nation.

“With the formation and inclusion of the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya in the games, the government is committed to educating and promoting clean sports,” she said.

“I would like to urge sports people to develop a culture of playing true without using prohibited substances and methods for this negates the entire sporting spirit. This will ensure that we continue to produce world-class sports persons.”

For the past few years Kenya has been in the limelight for the wrong reasons as some athletes were found to have used energy enhancing drugs before competing in international events.

The doping menace forced the country to form a local anti-doping agency to test athletes before competing at any event.

Under the new directive, it will not only be the athletes who will be punished, but all persons involved.

Source: Mkarimu Media and News Agencies

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