by John Kwoba
NAIROBI, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan athletes' representatives Vivian Cheruiyot and Milcah Chemos on Wednesday endorsed a move to have all elite athletes seek for medical clearance before competing abroad in a bid to curb doping.
The duo gave a thumb up sign on the move by Athletics Kenya to form a network of accredited doctors to oversee the implementation of the policy after International Association of Athletics Federations voiced its concern over the influx of doping cases in the country.
Kenya has registered over 40 cases in the last two years of doping and though it was not reprimanded like Russia and stopped from competing at the Rio Olympics, it is being watched keenly by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
"As a top athletics federation and country, we cannot continue to be doubted by the world," Athletics Kenya boss Jack Tuwei said. Now the athletes Reps have termed the move timely.
Tuwei said it would be mandatory for elite athletes to go through the newly formed "Kenyan Doctors Network" if they wanted to participate in international competitions.
Tuwei said the aim is to avert the doping cases in the country and invited over 100 elite runners to a seminar on anti-doping and why it is important to get clearance from KDN in order to feature in the races abroad.
"Trusted and skilled doctors in the country were identified to form KDN and their work is to take care of Kenya' s elite athletes and limit negative medical practices that promote doping behaviors," Tuwei said.
The federation will hold a meeting in Eldoret on Jan. 16 where coaches, athletes and managers have been invited in order to be briefed on the developments. Enditem