Tuwei warns coaches, athletes against doping ahead of busy season
Athletics Kenya (AK) chairperson Jackson Tuwei has cautioned coaches, managers and athletes who are preparing for the forthcoming world championships in Hungary’s capital city Budapest, against being tempted to cheat. Speaking on Wednesday in Nairobi during the presentation of the Sports Journalist Association of Kenya (SJAK) monthly awards held at Riadha House, the athletics don was cautious.
“We need to be very careful in our approach as the athletics world is rapidly changing with new innovations and technological advancements. Athletes, coaches and managers should take charge and be aware of all changes before Kenya is caught unawares,” Tuwei said. The World Athletics Championships 2023 are slated for August 19-27 in the eastern European country as Kenyan athletes are now breaking sweat to make the final team to represent the country.
Tuwei was concerned with the ever-doping menace in Kenya and also the maintenance of high standards in competitions as he directly addressed the current World cross country champions Beatrice Chebet, London marathon champion Kelvin Kiptum and Tokyo marathon champion Rosemary Wanjiru, awardees of the event.
During the presentation of the SJAK player of the month awards, runners dominated the months of February, March and April as Pamela Adhiambo of Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) volleyball team was the only exception and won the January award.
Tuwei now wants modern technology to be incorporated in training of athletes as this will keep Kenyan athletes up to date with what is happening in first world countries.
The AK boss finalised by congratulating the KPC volleyball team for finishing second at the just concluded Africa Volleyball Championships in Tunisia.