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WADA ‘seriously considering’ Kenya ban from Rio Olympics


LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Jason Dunford of the Kenya Olympic swimming team carries his country’s flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Kenya Olympic Committee president Kip Keino said the World Anti-Doping Agency is “seriously considering” a recommendation to ban Kenya from all competitions for four years, including the Rio Olympics, according to Reuters.

“It is no longer just a threat,” Keino, 75 and a two-time Olympic track champion, said in Nairobi after meeting with WADA officials in the U.S., according to the report. “They think Kenya is sweeping doping issues under the carpet.

“The ADAK [Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya], Athletics Kenya and government must meet immediately to confront this issue or else we are in big trouble. Things are that bad.”

Kenya, the world’s dominant distance-running nation, has been under scrutiny for years for its lack of drug testing and its runners failing drug tests.

The most recent notable case was Rita Jeptoo, who won the 2013 and 2014 Boston and Chicago Marathons, tested positive for a banned substance in September 2014 and was banned for two years in January.

“This doping issue is just as bad as AIDS,” Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat said in January, according to Agence France-Presse. “This will be a serious elaborate exercise [to solve the problem]. We will roll out an educative program such as the one Kenya launched when HIV-AIDS was first detected.”

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