Excerpts from Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed’s reaction on Wilson Kipsang’s four-year ban for doping:
“I’m very concerned to hear that the former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang has been banned from competition for doping. Kipsang once held the marathon world record and remained one of our most promising athletes. It is regrettable that he has been caught in the intricate web of doping that we are committed to bring to an end.
The Government is clear about clean and safe sports and this case, and other recent cases, clearly demonstrate why the Government is fully determined to criminalise doping in sports.
For somebody of Kipsang’s status to be involved in doping shows how serious the situation is and how much needs to be urgently done.
Let me reaffirm what the Government and Athletics Kenya have severally stated, that athletes who are caught doping will not be allowed to participate in events here at home or anywhere else.
Our national team colours will not be adorned by cheats and addicts.
Our athletes are our role models and they must set high moral and ethical standards. They must be disciplined and committed sportsmen and women.
The Ministry of Sports will continue to co-operate with Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya, World Anti-Doping Agency, Athletics Integrity Unit and all other authorities in ensuring that sports remain clean.
A draft bill is in its final stages of development that will outlaw doping and will target the entire ecosystem and not only individual athletes.”
A statement on Volare Sports Facebook page indicated that the management is studying and analysing the decision of the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal and will consider further legal steps.