Kenyan athletes victimised for their success: Kiplagat

Oct 22, 2014, 08:08 IST | IANS

Eldoret (Kenya): Athletics Kenya (AK) chairman Isaiah Kiplagat has said his country's track and road athletes are being unfairly targeted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) because of the rapid strides made by his compatriots in the discipline.

Athletics Kenya chief  Isaiah Kiplagat
Athletics Kenya chief Isaiah Kiplagat 

"Why are we being victimised for our success? We have to appreciate that many reports have come out targeting our athletes. Doping exists in every sport in Kenya, but because our athletes shine a lot by breaking world records every time, it has invited sharp focus," Kiplagat was quoted as saying by Xinhua on Monday.

"Most of our elite athletes compete around the globe and are always subjected to numerous tests, both while in competition and outside," he added.

His statement comes after Kenya's sports minister Hassan Wario said: "AK has failed in enlightening athletes at the grassroot level making them easy targets for manipulation. Most athletes who have doped, and especially in sophisticated ways, were assisted by a professional doctor, coaches or agent."

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