Kenya’s athletics team could be banned from the Rio Olympics if their federation is found to be non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, according to IAAF president Sebastian Coe.
Coe has confirmed he will severely punish any country guilty of attempting to cover up doping, after Kenya last week missed a deadline to prove to WADA they were doing enough to combat drug-taking.
“We know that a disproportionate amount of reputational damage is caused by a relatively few countries and we have to be much more proactive,” Coe told BT Sport’s the Clare Balding Show on Wednesday night.
“Yes, if it means pulling them out of World Championships or Olympic Games then we will have to do that.
“I know the World Anti-Doping Agency has looked very closely at the Kenyan National Anti-Doping Agency. We, of course, monitor that through the IAAF, so that work is ongoing.”
Russia were suspended from world athletics in November for state-sponsored doping, but are aiming to prove they have made the requisite changes before the Rio Games.
With the scandal deepening, two-time Olympic champion Coe admits his own reputation may now be on the line.
“When you look at the horror show that has unfolded in the last six months, year or so, the question we all have to ask ourselves – and I’m not immune from that, I ask myself this every day – is how on earth did we get to this position?” he said.
“The guiding principle for me is to get the right people with the right motives in the sport, and by a distance they are there. We’ve just got to elevate them now.”
Nestle and adidas have both tried to end sponsorship deals with the IAAF, which has vowed to keep the companies on side.
“They want to know what changes I am prepared to make,” Coe added.
“Am I serious about that? Yes, I am. Is it the only thing I’m focused on? Yes. Will we get those in place as quickly as we can? Yes, we will.
“But they have boards of shareholders, they have corporate governances themselves, so they are asking the right questions and a large part of my waking hours is flying around the world explaining to them why it is my intention to never return to this again.”
The fourth race of the six-race series will be held at the Hamdan Sports Complex this Friday, February 19, bringing athletes of different disciplines onto the same playing field.
Whether you’re a cyclist, duathlete or triathlete, the race is suited to your abilities with a run/bike/run format.
Competitors can take part in either teams of two or solo and you can be in as many of the events as you want.
For juniors up to the age of 12, a Kids Quarter Distance Duathlon is available which features a 750 metre run, followed by a six kilometre bike and finally a 750m run.
‘Tweens and Teens’ – ages 10 to 14 – can opt for the longer Half Distance Duathlon, consisting of a 1.5km run, 12km bike and 1.5km run.
The oldest and most experienced athletes will have the chance to tackle the Full Distance Duathlon, with a 3k run, 24k bike ride and 3k run for ages 15 and above.
The team categories are open to ages 13 and over and competitors can be part of an all-male, all-female or mixed pairing. The team race will also cover the Full Distance Duathlon.
The top five male and female finishers in each age group, along with the top five teams will receive points.
When the series wraps up with the sixth and final race on April 16, trophies will be handed out to the first, second and third-place overall finishers in each age group and team category.
The series will count each athlete’s four best showings, with the final race holding double points.
Registration closes tomorrow, February 17, so make sure you reserve your spot as soon as possible.
Included in the entry fee are a medal, photo download, goody bag and refreshments.
Race pack collection will be on the day of the race, beginning at 06:45. The start time for the event is scheduled for 07:15.
Grab your trainers and hop on your bike for the popular and competitive duathlon, sure to test your endurance over its challenging course.
WHAT: Giant Duathlon Series, race 4
WHERE: Hamdan Sports Complex, Dubai
WHEN: Friday, February 19 at 07:30, with registration closing Wednesday, February 17
CONTACT: Visit www.premieronline.com to sign up and www.race-me-events.com for more information
Birhanu Legese and Cynthia Limo proved their immense half marathon pedigree with two very different but equally enthralling victories at the 10th anniversary edition of the RAK Half Marathon.
For the 22-year-old Ethiopian Legese, it was a repeat of his sprint finish tactics in Berlin and Delhi last year which once again saw him take a third major victory over 13.1 miles.
He sat in the pack for the entire race and then out-kicked 2015 New York marathon winner Stanley Biwott, although both recorded the same time of 60.40.
Cynthia Limo took advantage of excellent pace making in the women’s race to pull away from reigning world half marathon champion Gladys Cherono in the final kilometre.
Her scorching winning time of 66.04 was a massive personal best and puts her third on the official all time list behind only Florence
Cherono’s 66.07 places her fourth on the all-time list in a race of unparalleled quality.
The first six all broke 67 minutes with five recording personal bests, underlining RAK’s status as the world’s fastest half marathon.
Much of the focus before the men’s race was on Wilson Kipsang.
The former marathon world record holder has twice finished on the podium in RAK and was back ready to assess his shape ahead of the London marathon title in April.
The breezy conditions seemed to encourage a steady pace and Kipsang made his presence felt at the front early on.
A large group headed through the first 5km in a very steady 14.29 and 10km in 29.11. The pace finally picked up with 22-year-old Edwin Kiptoo.
By 15km, Kipsang had drifted over half a minute off the pace, and eventually finished 11th in 62.16.