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ADAK, Police seize doping aiders in Kapsabet and Iten

Monday, January 29th, 2024 00:13 | By

The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has intensified war on use of prohibited substances amongst Kenya athletes, spreading the gospel of running clean for the country and for self-care.


On Saturday, officials from ADAK, Pharmacy and Poisons Board and Police officers arrested chemist operators in Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet suspected of aiding athletes in the illegal and unscrupulous involvement in the doping menace.


In Iten, Elegeyo Marakuet, one suspect was nabbed at Kerich Pharmacy, allegedly caught in the act of administering what is believed to be prohibited substances to an athlete.


According to the ADAK Senior Compliance Officer Dennis Keitany, samples of blood and urine were collected from the athlete, scene documented and the pharmacist taken to Iten Police Station and could face charges for allegedly violating section 42 (4) and (b) of the Anti-Doping Act. The said athlete will also face sanctions if found guilty of the act.


In Kapsabet, Nandi County, another raid was conducted by the multi-agency team where they managed to arrest three suspected doping promoters in the region. The three were apprehended at Kapsabet Riverview Pharmacy located in Kapsabet town.


According to the report from the unforeseen storm, a search was conducted on the premises and it was discovered that the three suspects were operating a clinic without a license, without medical records.

In addition, the certificate of registration was said to be questionable. The three suspects were booked and documentation done and later released on a cash bail of Sh 20,000 each so as to give the Multi Agency investigating team time to verify the documents, licenses and health officers certificates so that they may prefer the right charges against the three accused persons.


As specified in the Kenya law, a person who uses premises as a health institution which premises was not licensed as a health institution commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding ten million shillings or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both.


“We are doing further investigation regarding the Kapsabet matter and we will arraign them in court when the file is ready. We have been getting tip-offs from the athletes, coaches and the locals regarding suspects aiding in doping. My message to athletes is that this issue of using prohibited drugs will not help them at all because at the end of the day they will be caught and pay heavily for their actions.We are also concerned with the health of the welfare of the athlete health wise. These raids in pharmacies and other areas of interest will continue to ensure the arrest of this menace in our country,” Dennis Keitany told People Sport.


Last week while hosting a number of Kenyan athletes for a breakfast treat in Kerio, Elgeyo Marakwet Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba noted that there is no space for dopers in Kenya.


“It is more honorable to lose than to cheat, and Kenya has always prided itself in running and winning clean. Whether you are a manager of a camp, a coach or you have any role to play in handling our athletes, please ensure that you protect them from doping.”


In November 2022, the government of Kenya committed 5 million dollars annually to

The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has intensified war on use of prohibited substances amongst Kenya athletes, spreading the gospel of running clean for the country and for self-care.


On Saturday, officials from ADAK, Pharmacy and Poisons Board and Police officers arrested chemist operators in Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet suspected of aiding athletes in the illegal and unscrupulous involvement in the doping menace.


In Iten, Elegeyo Marakuet, one suspect was nabbed at Kerich Pharmacy, allegedly caught in the act of administering what is believed to be prohibited substances to an athlete.


According to the ADAK Senior Compliance Officer Dennis Keitany, samples of blood and urine were collected from the athlete, scene documented and the pharmacist taken to Iten Police Station and could face charges for allegedly violating section 42 (4) and (b) of the Anti-Doping Act. The said athlete will also face sanctions if found guilty of the act.


In Kapsabet, Nandi County, another raid was conducted by the multi-agency team where they managed to arrest three suspected doping promoters in the region. The three were apprehended at Kapsabet Riverview Pharmacy located in Kapsabet town.


According to the report from the unforeseen storm, a search was conducted on the premises and it was discovered that the three suspects were operating a clinic without a license, without medical records.

In addition, the certificate of registration was said to be questionable. The three suspects were booked and documentation done and later released on a cash bail of Sh 20,000 each so as to give the Multi Agency investigating team time to verify the documents, licenses and health officers certificates so that they may prefer the right charges against the three accused persons.


As specified in the Kenya law, a person who uses premises as a health institution which premises was not licensed as a health institution commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding ten million shillings or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both.


“We are doing further investigation regarding the Kapsabet matter and we will arraign them in court when the file is ready. We have been getting tip-offs from the athletes, coaches and the locals regarding suspects aiding in doping. My message to athletes is that this issue of using prohibited drugs will not help them at all because at the end of the day they will be caught and pay heavily for their actions.We are also concerned with the health of the welfare of the athlete health wise. These raids in pharmacies and other areas of interest will continue to ensure the arrest of this menace in our country,” Dennis Keitany told People Sport.


Last week while hosting a number of Kenyan athletes for a breakfast treat in Kerio, Elgeyo Marakwet Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba noted that there is no space for dopers in Kenya.


“It is more honorable to lose than to cheat, and Kenya has always prided itself in running and winning clean. Whether you are a manager of a camp, a coach or you have any role to play in handling our athletes, please ensure that you protect them from doping.”


In November 2022, the government of Kenya committed 5 million dollars annually to

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