Athletics Kenya Confirms Banned Substance Use
Athletics Kenya Chairman Isaiah Kiplagat has confirmed that his federation has investigated charges raised by German journalist Hajo Seppelt that doctors in Kenya have been injecting runners with banned substances in return for a portion of the runners' winnings.
In what is believed to be Athletics Kenya's first admission of the drug problem, Kiplagat says, "We are working with the Kenya Police and World Anti Doping Agency to have the culprits arrested for that criminal act." He expects some doctors to be arrested before December.
Seppelt had gone undercover posing as a sports agent and claims to have found doping to be rife not only among Kenyan runners but also among foreign athletes who'd come to train at high altitude in Kenya. Seppelt's charges apparently mainly have to do with blood boosting, using substances that increase the number of red blood cells in the body. Seppelt interviewed a former Danish anti-doping official who claimed to have observed changes in some of the blood levels of some Kenyans who raced in Europe between 2008 and 2010. Continue reading here...