ADAK distances itself from Kipsang’s tribulations


Kenya's Wilson Kipsang answers questions during a press conference for this weekend's Tokyo marathon in ...
Kenya's Wilson Kipsang answers questions during a press conference for this weekend's Tokyo marathon in Tokyo on February 24, 2017. The annual competition will be held on February 26. PHOTO/Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

In Summary

  • The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has distanced itself from the tribulations facing former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang who was handed a four-year ban for a doping violation.
  • While protesting the ban, Kipsang cited Athletics Kenya (AK) and ADAK as being the forces behind his woes.
  • However, while addressing the press on Friday, ADAK CEO Japhter Rugut claimed the case of Kipsang was handled by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) and ADAK was not included in the case.

The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has distanced itself from the tribulations facing former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang who was handed a four-year ban for a doping violation.

Kipsang was handed the ban last week for whereabouts failures and tampering by providing false evidence and witness testimony. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said the Kenyan’s ban is effective from January 10 2020, the date when he was provisionally suspended.

While protesting the ban, Kipsang cited Athletics Kenya (AK) and ADAK as being the forces behind his woes.

However, while addressing the press on Friday, ADAK CEO Japhter Rugut claimed the case of Kipsang was handled by AIU and ADAK was not included in the case.

Rugut said they were shocked when they learnt Kipsang had turned the heat on them.

“We know that there will always be complaints but in the case of Kipsang we were really surprised because we did not deal with his case which was entirely handled by AIU in Monaco,” said Rugut.

At the same time, Rugut noted that the whereabouts failure has become the main hindrance in the fight against doping while also blaming senior athletes who he said are aware of the set rules yet they end up violating them.

“We also think that he (Kipsang) was aware of the rules because an athlete of his stature must have accustomed himself with the rules. For any athlete in the registered testing pool, the first thing they are taught is to update their whereabouts and all these athletes are aware and that it is very clear,” he said.

The ADAK boss further revealed that they have 56 athletes in their testing pool while 90 Kenyan athletes are in the testing pool of AIU.

 

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