Athletics Kenya has welcomed the move for Athletics integrity Unit (AIU) to start group testing for road runners.
The AIU had confirmed that starting October, they will be conducting a mass testing on athletes especially road runners as the world open up for sports in the coronavirus pandemic period.
A.K said in a statement that AIU will have the sessions at various locations across the country in a process that is a part of the unit’s Road Running Integrity Programme.
The programme which involves top road runners in marathon and half marathon, among other long distance events, will have group testing sessions that will include advance notice testing.
“The main focus will be building the profiles of athletes for the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) programme, which is central to the Road Running Integrity Programme,” the statement said.
It further said that outside of the top 40 road runners, the majority of the road runners have never been part of the Registered Testing Pool and, therefore, are rarely subject to any testing including the ABP programme
AK said the sample collection personnel have received detailed advice concerning testing during the pandemic that lists health and safety guidelines, hygiene and the social distancing measures to be followed.
“The athletes have been allocated a specific time and location to report for testing which they are required to adhere to without fail,” said AK