IAAF could suspend Kenya if it violates doping rules


February 19, 2016


Track and field's governing body is prepared to ban Kenyan athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro if the country fails to comply with global anti-doping rules, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president, Sebastian Coe, said.

The IAAF has already suspended Russia's track and field programme from global competition, and now Kenya could be at risk of the same sanction.

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The IAAF's ethics commission is investigating alleged extortion and doping cover-ups in Kenya involving top officials. The World Anti-Doping Agency has also put Kenya on notice that it could be declared non-compliant with the global anti-doping code.

"We know that a disproportionate amount of reputational damage is caused by a relatively few countries and we have to be very much more proactive," Coe told British television network BT Sport when asked about investigations into Kenya.

"Yes, if it means pulling them out of World Championships or Olympic Games then we will have to do that.

"I know the World Anti-Doping Agency has looked very closely at the Kenyan National Anti-Doping Agency, we of course monitor that through the IAAF so that work is ongoing," Coe added.

Kenya's problems with WADA relate to delays in setting up and funding a new national anti-doping body, and delays in passing legislation that would make doping a crime both promises made to WADA as far back as four years ago.

The Kenyan anti-doping agency announced yesterday that it had received nearly $3 million from the government to buy anti-doping equipment, including testing kits for all the country's remote training camps.

WADA said last week that Kenya was under investigation for failing to meet an initial deadline for complying fully with its ant-doping code.

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