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Top guns welcome anti-doping move, AK invites 108 for seminar

By For Citizen Digital

Dickson Chumba celebrates victory at last year's Chicago Marathon. PHOTO/Marathon Majors
Dickson Chumba celebrates victory at last year's Chicago Marathon. PHOTO/Marathon Majors

Top athletes have welcomed the initiative taken by Athletics Kenya (AK) to involve the Kenyan Doctors Network in a bid to stem the spike in doping cases in the sport.

On Wednesday, AK named the first batch of 108 elite athletes who will attend an interactive forum in Eldoret on Monday at the Pearl Hotel where they will be taken through the action plan to curb the vice.

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The federation has partnered with world governing body IAAF in an effort to remove Kenya from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) watch list.

Athletes speaking to Citizen Digital are hopeful that the initiative that will require them to be cleared by a team from KDN before competing in international events will help in eradicating doping.

London 2012 Olympics silver medallist and two-time world champion Abel Kirui and 2015 Chicago Marathon and winner Dickson Chumba welcomed the initiative.

Kirui who is eying victories at the April Virgin London Marathon and the World Championships in the same city in August hopes to learn a lot from the Eldoret seminar.

“I’m comfortable with the programme as long as the athletes can be reached on time. I hope that they will get the results soon and clear us early, so that it does not block us from going for our races.

“I urge fellow invited athletes to avail themselves so that we can learn more and benefit from the Network.  It’s for the good of the country and for the athletes,” the Chicago title holder said.

“Right now it’s training and training there is no need of talking too much since I shall be meeting track legend Kenenisa Bekele and others. I pray that I do not suffer from any injuries.

“I hope to have good training then we meet on the course and sweat it out as men,” Kirui said of his preparations for the London city marathon whose men’s field is headlined by the Ethiopian legend and Berlin titleholder.

Chumba is out to claim his Tokyo Marathon title last won on 2014 on February 26 and is keen on starting the season without worrying about the country attracting an international ban from competition over doping.

“It’s good that AK is keeping track of its athletes. The world will know that we do not need to dope to win. They will know that we are purely talented and be assured that our athletes compete clean and fair.

“I have a month to my race, so on Monday when they come, they can start with me. I know I’m clean and have nothing to hide. Though I do not know much about the Network, I hope we shall learn a lot and know what is expected of us and how to access the doctors,” Chumba who finished second to Kirui in Chicago underscored.

In 2016 the Anti-doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) was declared non compliant by WADA on May 12 before efforts spearheaded by the Government saw the decision rescinded on August 4, on the eve of the start of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games.

The Kenyan athletes went on to win six gold, six silver and a bronze in Brazil in a record performance for the quadrennial global sporting showpiece.

Suspended convicted drug cheat and former top female marathoner, Rita Jeptoo is also on the elite athletes list for the Monday seminar.

AK list of elite athletes invited for the Eldoret seminar

  1. Eliud Kipchoge
  2. Conseslus Kipruto
  3. David Rudisha
  4. Julius Yego
  5. Boniface Mucheru
  6. Vivian Cheruiyot
  7. Jemimah Sumgong
  8. Faith Chepng’etich
  9. Rogers Kwemoi
  10. Amos Kirui
  11. Kipyegon Bett
  12. Kumari Taki
  13. Cellphine Chespol
  14. Maureen Thomas
  15. Emmaculate Chepkirui
  16. Harun Koech,
  17. Mike Mokamba
  18. Maureen Jelagat
  19. Ferguson Rotich
  20. Asbel Kiprop
  21. Timothy Cheruiyot
  22. Margaret Nyairera
  23. Emily Cherotich
  24. Paul Tanui
  25. Augustine Choge
  26. Douglas Kipserem
  27. Mangata Ndiwa
  28. Hellen Obiri
  29. Hyvin Kiyeng
  30. Alice Aprot Nawowuna
  31. Sheila Chepkirui
  32. Matthew Sawe
  33. Alex Kiprotich
  34. Geoffrey Kamworor
  35. Stanley Biwott
  36. Cyprian Kotut
  37. Florence Kiplagat
  38. Visiline Jepkesho
  39. Peris Jepchirchir
  40. Mary Keitany
  41. James Rungaru
  42. Abel Kirui
  43. Julius Arile Lamerinyang
  44. Nicholas Bett
  45. Jairus Kipchoge Birech
  46. Wilson Chebet
  47. Collins Cheboi
  48. Stephen Chebogut
  49. Stephen Chemlany
  50. Joyce Chepkirui
  51. Beatrice Chepkoech
  52. Frankline Chepkwony
  53. Selly Keptich Chepyego
  54. Mercy Cherono
  55. Gladys Cherono
  56. Sharon Cherop
  57. Flomena Cheyech Daniel
  58. Dickson Kiptolo Chumba
  59. Violah Jepchumba
  60. Priscah Jeptoo
  61. Lucy Wangui Kabuu
  62. Ezekiel Kemboi
  63. Viola Jelagat Kibiwot
  64. Abraham Kibiwot
  65. Dennis Kipruto Kimetto
  66. Alfred Kipketer
  67. Valentine Kipketer
  68. Silas Kiplagat
  69. Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat
  70. Helah Kiprop
  71. Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich
  72. Brimin Kiprop Kipruto
  73. Eliud Kiptanui
  74. Barnabas Kipyego
  75. Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego
  76. Michael Kipyego
  77. Bernard Kipyego Kiprop
  78. Mathew Kipkoech Kisorio
  79. Sammy Kitwara
  80. Paul Kipsiele Koech
  81. Isaiah Kiplangat Koech
  82. Bernard Koech
  83. Micah Kogo
  84. Wesley Korir
  85. James Kwambai
  86. Gilbert Kwemboi
  87. Ronald Kwemoi
  88. Alfers Lagat
  89. Cynthia Limo
  90. Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa
  91. Paul Kipchumba Lonyangata
  92. Elijah Manangoi
  93. Sammy Maswai
  94. Bedan Karoki Muchiri
  95. Emmanuel Mutai
  96. Jonathan Muia Ndiku
  97. Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku
  98. Sammy Ndungu
  99. Virginia Nyambura
  100. Janet Rono
  101. Caroline Rotich
  102. Stephen Sambu
  103. Rita Jeptoo Sitienei
  104. William Sitonik
  105. Peter Kimeli Some
  106. Eunice Jepkoech Sum
  107. Hillary Kipsang Yego
  108. Solomon Yego

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