Rudisha fears for Kenya's reputation

Fri Dec 12, 2014 1:24pm EST
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By Drazen Jorgic

KIMANA, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenya's reputation has been tarnished by allegations that the world athletics body covered up or did not investigate suspicious blood tests of some Kenyan athletes, Olympic champion David Rudisha told Reuters on Friday.

The claims, made in a German TV documentary broadcast this week by ZDF/ARD, are being investigated by the ethics committee of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Britain's Telegraph newspaper, which claims to have seen documents provided to ARD by a World Anti Doping Agency whistle-blower, said 25 Kenyans were among the 225 athletes from 39 countries whose test results should have aroused suspicion.

"It’s really very sad to hear of this," Rudisha told Reuters in Kimana, a Maasai town in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro.

"It’s not only damaging Kenya's reputation, it’s also ruining the rest of sport."

Rudisha said the doping claims, which have sparked one of the biggest crises for the sport in recent years, were also threatening sponsorship money coming into athletics.

While Russia has hit out against the ARD allegations as a "pack of lies", anti-doping campaigners have seized on the claims as proof that the governing body has failed to tackle drugs cheats seriously.

Rudisha, who has suffered injuries since winning the 800m Olympic gold medal in 2012, believes WADA and Kenya have not done enough to combat doping in the east African country famed for middle and long-distance running.   Continued...

Kenya's David Lekuta Rudisha holds his national flag as he celebrates after winning the men's 800m final with a new world record at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Phil Noble