Athletes are to blame for doping- Rugut

Kenyan athletes have been blamed for the rampant doping cases across the country calling it lack of values.

Stakeholders attending the inaugural National NutritionFor Clean Sport Conference at bBaraton University today, The Anti- Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) CEO Japhter Rugut said lack of values among athletes are killing the kenya’s number one sport.

From left Brother Colm O’Connel, Abraham Mutai and David Letting. Photo Sabuni Khwa Sabuni

He said Adaka has passed all needed message, teaching, training and all reading materials to elite athletes yet they are tested positive for doping.

“Athletes are to be blamed on the whole issue of doping. This is a question of an individual choosing to do what he knows wrong but he does it,” said Rugut adding that the said athletes are registered testing pool.

As a fact, Rugut said it is not about Adak or relevant federation but personal, making wrong choice for his career.

He cited athletes who tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) which cannot be taken by accident. EPO needs injection into the blood system.

Baraton University vice chancellor professor Philip Maiyo said they will start some of the anti-doping campaigns to sensitize young people in fighting the vice.

“We will be having such conferences yearly and we are planning to start lessons in some schools within Nandi County which has hit hard by doping cases,” said Maiyo.

Athletics Kenya Central Rift chairman Abraham Mutai said the federation has the mandate to keep the name of the athletes clean.

“We are working with institutions in sensitizing the athletes. This will be achieved if we pull our efforts together,” said Mutai.

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