In the wake of fighting doping among athletes in the country, Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) will be working closely with Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (Adak) and Athletics Kenya (AK) to promote the newly launched Road Running Integrity Program for 2020.
AIU’s head of programs Thomas Capdevielle yesterday said after extensive analysis of road running, they discovered that 76 per cent of 50 road race winners in World Athletics Gold Label races were not part of any out-of-competition anti-doping programme in 2018.
“In the same year, we noted that 74 per cent of the podium finishers in those Gold Label road races were not included in out-of-competition testing pools,” said Capdevielle.
“In twenty-two per cent of those races, not a single athlete who finished on the podium in either the male or female races was tested out-of-competition.”
There are 262 athletes registered by World Athletics Road Running and Capdevielle said between 40 and 60 athletes will be added to the testing pool in 2020. Previous testing pool included just 70 runners and by February next year, World Athletics will have about 300 to 320 runners.