Kiptanui says Kenyan athletes are doping

Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:41pm EST
 
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Drazen Jorgic

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Three-times world 3,000 meters steeplechase champion Moses Kiptanui said on Friday doping was taking place in Kenyan running camps.

"If you talk to athletes candidly, you get the feeling that doping is going on in these camps," he told Reuters by telephone from Eldoret.

Kiptanui, who won three world titles between 1991 and 1995, is the first high profile former Kenyan athlete to allege the African nation's runners are using performance-enhancing drugs.

He said the fluctuating performances of some Kenyan athletes were enough to arouse suspicion.

"They run well today and just (flop) the following moment. Surely, something is not right," the 42-year-old said.

Kiptanui said catching drugs cheats was difficult because they doped for specific races and the drugs could not be traced the following day.

Allegations that Kenyan athletes were using drugs surfaced ahead of the Olympic Games last year when German television broadcaster ARD reported systematic doping by Kenya's elite athletes who train in running camps in the Rift Valley region.

Athletics Kenya rejected the accusation and angrily accused the broadcaster of attempting to distract its athletes ahead of the London Games where Kenya performed dismally.   Continued...

 
Moses Kiptanui of Kenya runs in the 3,000 meters race at the Stockholm international athletics meeting February 17. ME - RTRSDFL