The International Association of Athletics Federations, the World Anti-Doping Agency, and the International Olympic Committee disqualified Kenyan athletes from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
This move has the potential to be catastrophic for the Kenyan sport. It could result in athletes losing their desire to participate in this very important event in the future and would feel like months, even years, of planning gone to waste.
Media investigations are claiming that doping is extensive. Since 2011, over 40 athletes have failed drugs tests. Some very successful male and female athletes have now been linked to cheating and doping.
It is actually quite common for a country to have doping cases – sometimes a higher number of positives may be proof of an anti-doping system that is effective. However, the problem that Kenya is facing is that it has a long-running non-compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.
Kenya isn’t alone, other countries have also faced anti-doping challenges. In April 2016, the Chinese anti-doping laboratory’s accreditation was suspended for 4 months. Russia is the other country that faced disqualifications after a commission led by Dick Pound released a negative report in November 2015.