Athletics-Kenya Athletics Kenya got its start as the Kenyan Amateur Athletics Association in 1951 . This organization governed Kenyan track and field until 2002 when the group changed their name to the Athletics Kenya. AK hosts national championships and three marathons a year. Member of the International Association of Athletics Federations and Confederation of African Athletics.
Doping In May of 2012 ARD, a German broadcasting company announced that “doping” or use of illegal performance enhancing drugs was widespread among many Kenyan athletes The scandal revolved around the accusations that Kenyan doctors were injecting the athletes with illegal performance enhancing drugs in exchange for a portion of the runner’s earnings. In September, doping is confirmed.
Organization’s Response In May, Athletics-Kenya Chairman Kiplagat announces that he is upset over the accusation. To defend the honor of Kenyan athletes Kiplagat asks police and World Anti Doping Agency to assist in Investigation. When it is revealed that Mathew Kisorio used illegal drugs, he is suspended from racing. Require dope testing for all runners that participate in Kenyan events.
Recommendations Acknowledge that original reaction was premature. Disseminate information to local and international media about the changes in the drug testing rules. Encourage audiences to support successful runners that have not been accused of using illegal drugs.