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Kenyan athletes' rep quits in frustration over doping crisis

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 00:53

Kenyan athletes' representative leaves his post saying that the country's sporting authorities are not doing enough to tackle a doping crisis

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SHOWS: NAIROBI, KENYA (MARCH 15, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NOAH NGENY, FORMER ATHLETE'S REPRESENTATIVE TO ATHLETICS KENYA, SAYING: "We have failed as a federation, the federation has failed completely. If a federation does not even honour the calendar of events, where the athletes really really take serious, the athletes really take serious the calender of events, the federation does not even respect the calendar of events. I am saying that this is the right time now for AK, the whole executives to step aside then we have new blood in the system." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NOAH NGENY, FORMER ATHLETE'S REPRESENTATIVE TO ATHLETICS KENYA, SAYING: "I went to AK as an executive member and I have been pushing a lot for AK to have program or to have substantive programs to fight doping, like we have education within the counties or maybe we have a way of maybe dealing with doping. But down the line I have been pushing the executive but none of the members are taking it seriously." STORY: The Kenyan athletes' representative, Noah Ngeny, has quit his post, saying that the country's sporting authorities were not doing enough to tackle a doping crisis. Kenya is a global leader in endurance running, both on the track and in city marathons but more than 40 of its athletes have been banned for doping in the past three years. Several senior officials have also been suspended for misusing funds and other allegations. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has given Kenya until April 5 to prove it can successfully tackle the doping issue, or face exclusion from the Rio Olympics. "We have failed as a federation, the federation has failed completely," Ngeny told Reuters on Tuesday (March 15). "The federation does not even respect the calendar of events. I am saying that this is the right time now for AK (Athletics Kenya), the whole executives to step aside then we have new blood in the system," added Ngeny, the 1,500 metre champion at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. "I went to AK as an executive member and I have been pushing a lot for AK to have program or to have substantive programs to fight doping, like we have education within the counties or maybe we have a way of maybe dealing with doping. But down the line I have been pushing the executive but none of the members are taking it seriously." Sponsors have withdrawn their support and questioned AK's spending practices, he said. Ngeny retired from international athletics in 2006 and has been the athletes' representative in AK Last month AK Chief Executive Isaac Mwangi was provisionally suspended by the Ethics Board of the sport's world governing body after being accused of seeking bribes to reduce doping suspensions of two athletes. Former AK President Isaiah Kiplagat, his former deputy, David Okeyo, and former AK treasurer Joseph Kinyua have all been suspended by the IAAF Ethics Commission on charges of misusing funds from a sponsorship by U.S. sports manufacturer Nike. The officials have denied wrongdoing. Ngeny also questioned why the current AK President, Jack Tuwei, has not been formally confirmed after serving in the position for nearly a year.

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Kenyan athletes' rep quits in frustration over doping crisis

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 00:53