Sports CS Ababu Namwamba Moves to Save Kenyan Athletes from International Ban

Sports CS Ababu Namwamba Moves to Save Kenyan Athletes from International Ban

Sports Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ababu Nanmwamba has taken steps to avert a possible ban on Kenya over the rising cases of doping.

Namwamba said the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Sports and The Arts is working in unison with World Athletics Integrity Unit and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to bring towards this end.

“We cannot allow our nation to be banned because of the actions of some greedy unethical individuals,” Cabinet Secretary, Namwamba, stated and assured that “We will target and deal decisively with the criminals and their syndicates. We must work together to eradicate doping and cheating from athletics and sports in general.

The CS added that the ministry has a good and effective plan to deal with doping, sending a strong warning to the few unethical criminal elements hell-bent on soiling Kenya’s hard-earned premium pedigree as a top athletics nation that prides herself on competing and winning clean.

“We will not allow them, and we must defeat doping and its perpetrators. This is a serious concern and that is why the government is giving total undivided attention. We are treating it as a matter of top strategic national interest,” he assured.

He said the Kenyan Government is taking firm measures to protect and uphold the integrity of athletics and sports in general.

The CS is in contact with World Athletics who he has urged not to ban Kenya, giving assurance that government is doing all it takes to end doping in Kenya.

He has conveyed this assurance in a letter to Lord Sebastian Coe, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

“The position of the Republic of Kenya is ZERO tolerance to doping. Kenya is fully committed to ending the doping menace. The Ministry is exploring all available options to ensure that Kenya is removed from the list of Class A doping nations,” said Namawamba in a press statement.

The CS has challenged sportsmen and women to subscribe to Abraham Lincoln’s word that “I would rather loose honorably than cheat”. Hon Ababu’s message to our athletes is that it is more honorable to lose than to cheat”.

“Our athletes, coaches and relevant athletics institutions must work together to eradicate this menace that threatens the place of Kenya in international Athletics.” Concluded the CS.

The CS is in contact with World Athletics who he has urged not to ban Kenya, giving assurance that government is doing all it takes to end doping in Kenya.

He has conveyed this assurance in a letter to Lord Sebastian Coe, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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