WADA ‘most disturbed’ by Kenya bribery claims

WADA is “most disturbed” by claims that two Kenyan athletes were asked for a bribe by Athletics Kenya (AK) in return for doping suspensions to be reduced.

A report by the Associated Press alleged sprinter Joy Sakari and hurdler Francisca Koki Manunga refused requests by AK for bribes of 2.5million Kenyan shillings [$24,600] to reduce their suspensions.

The pair were banned for four years for anti-doping violations in November last year.

WADA director general David Howman said in a statement: “WADA is most disturbed by these reports regarding extortion and bribery at the national level of sport, eerily similar sounding to what we learnt through the recent Independent Commission investigation into widespread doping in International Athletics.

“WADA will of course require more detailed information on these allegations from those concerned so that we can determine if this is a matter for us to investigate or for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Ethics Commission as part of its own inquiries.

“The allegations we have heard this week also illustrate the importance of having a robust, independent National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) fully functional in Kenya at the earliest opportunity.

“This is a vital step for a country of Kenya’s sporting stature to take if it is to effectively protect clean athletes.”

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