Kenyan Athletics: The Missed Doping Deadline, and Bribery Investigations

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Kenya has been placed on probation by WADA and referred to its independent compliance process, following a missed deadline for demonstrating its efforts to control doping.

The emergence of Kenya as another key player in the drama of doping and corruption in athletics is unlikely to come as much of a surprise – at least to anyone with more than the vaguest interest in recent matters.

Mutterings have been rife for months that there would be more to hear from Kenya (among others) as the various scandals have unfolded. The details of misdemeanours in Russia were only ever likely to be the tip of the iceberg.

True to this promise, just when athletics had returned to a reassuring absence from world headlines, Kenyan troubles have bubbled to the surface.

WADA Places Kenya on Probation

Criticised in last year’s WADA Independent Commission report on doping, and with a large number of athletes already suspended for doping offences, Kenya has been under mounting pressure to take action.

By way of response, Kenya announced last November that it had launched a new national anti-doping agency, but gave little detail on the practicalities or financing. Since then, WADA has been pressuring the Kenyan government to provide the £3.5m needed to finance and staff the new agency, known as the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK). Merely trumpeting the existence of ADAK but not putting up the finance to make it operational was clearly inadequate.

As a result, WADA set a deadline for the Kenyan government to respond. A WADA statement dated 11th February 2016 said:

“WADA had asked a series of questions to the Kenyan authorities and stressed that we needed the Kenyan government to expedite, and show commitment to, the national anti-doping organisation’s development.

“We are awaiting concrete plans from the Kenyan government for the funding of the national anti-doping organisation and, crucially, the finalisation of Kenya’s legislation and anti-doping rules.

“We have not yet received the details nor the assurances we need from Kenya and, therefore, this is now a matter for our independent compliance process.”

Kenya’s Woes Are Different From Russia’s

Since 2011, 40 Kenyan athletes have failed drugs tests. Currently 18 athletes are suspended, including two-time World Cross Country Champion Emily Chebet, and Boston and Chicago Marathon “champion” Rita Jeptoo.

Kenya has turned running into an industry. The country is eminent in world athletics, and topped the medal table at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, with seven golds – with increasing success even over shorter track distances in addition to its well-establish hold in the endurance events. And in a country where the simple activity of running has proven to be a path out of deprivation to wealth and fame, it is no surprise to find that many have succumbed to the temptation to take a shortcut.

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Testing is woefully insufficient. While ADAK is still unable to operate, testing is carried out by a regional anti-doping organisation on behalf of WADA. On limited resources, this organisation could only conduct 40 tests in Kenya in 2015. This did not include any blood testing, because there is no facility to handle it.

The challenge for tackling the problem in Kenya relates to lack of funding, poor infrastructure and organisation for testing, the spread of corruption among officials and medical personnel, and the high incentives for individuals to cheat. In contrast, Russia’s doping problem was a highly organised infrastructure with financial support from the state. These are two very different climates, but both enable doping to take a firm foothold.

Corruption Allegations

Meanwhile, the new anti-doping agency ADAK has this week said it is investigating claims of bribery by a senior official of Athletics Kenya.

This results from the claims of two Kenyan athletes, Joy Sakari and Francisca Koki Manunga, who failed drugs tests at the Beijing world championships last summer. They have accused Isaac Mwangi, the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, of asking them to pay $24,000 each in exchange for a reduction of their suspensions. It would seem that neither athlete paid up, and both are serving four year bans.

Mwangi dismissed the claims as “just a joke”. He denies any wrong doing but has now temporarily stepped down while the IAAF investigates the claims (with nobody apparently yet cracking under the irony of one corrupt organisation investigating another).

This follows accusations against other top level officials from Athletics Kenya. Last November, AK’s president Isaiah Kiplagat, along with vice president David Okeyo and former treasurer Joseph Kinyua, were suspended for 180 days by the IAAF ethics commissions. The alleged wrongdoing includes misappropriation of funds from Nike, and “subversion” of the anti-doping process in Kenya.

The lawyer leading this investigation for the IAAF stated that six banned athletes have alleged that AK officials attempted to bribe them in exchange for more lenient punishments.

What Next?

The situation is provoking frantic debate that Kenya’s athletes could miss out on the opportunity to compete in Rio. However, an Olympic suspension would need to be imposed by the International Olympic Committee, rather than WADA.

The head of Kenya’s Olympic Committee, Kipchoge Keino, said:

“There is a change. The government is committed. We saw what happened in other countries like Russia and we don’t want that.”

Whether it will be enough, or too little too late, we must wait to see. In the meantime, the Kenyan Olympic Committee is expressing extreme concern about the Zika virus in Brazil, with a statement from Keino this week appearing to suggest the possibility of withdrawing the team:

“We are not going to risk taking Kenyans there if this Zika virus reaches epidemic levels.”

These continue to be desperate times for the sport.

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