British star runner Mo Farah has remarked authorities must get tough on Kenya if the country continues to struggle in its fight against doping.

Farah said the country should be punished for its failures even if it means Kenyan athletes miss out in the Olympics. The British athlete said it would not be a nice thing but they have to follow the rules and added he wish they could follow rules of British Athletics.

Farah went on to say that the World Anti-Doping Agency should ensure he has a level-playing field with rivals as British athletes always played by the rules. The athlete also remarked his task of winning would be easier if Kenyan athletes don’t show up in the Olympics but added it would be however wrong for athletes who have not done anything wrong. Farah also commented that Kenya, as a country, just have to follow the rules and authorities should get tough on Kenya if they don’t follow the rules as an example has to be set.

The comments of Farah came on the day a warning was issued by IAAF President Sebastian Coe that there may yet be measures to ban track and field team of Kenya from the Olympics. IAAF President Sebastian Coe said we know that a disproportionate amount of reputational damage is caused by a relatively few countries and we have to be very much more proactive and if it means pulling them out of World Championships or Olympic Games then we will have to do that.

A statement was later released by the Kenyan government that it had fully cooperated with the World Anti-Doping Agency that it would continue to engage for ensuring they reached compliance status. The government of Kenya also announced that 300m Kenyan Shillings of funding had already been released to the Kenyan Anti-Doping Agency and that it would move into its offices in April.

Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario said Kenya would be deemed compliant within a two-month timeframe. Wario remarked there is normally a window of two months’ extension, which we hope to capitalize on once we get it. The sports minister it would have been impossible for Kenya to get the legislation passed in time for the original deadline issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Wario added it was very clear that we were not going to make the February 11 deadline because the law and the policy, as you know, in this country take a longer time. Wario also said we are extremely committed and open about dealing with doping and dopers.

Recently, Isaac Mwangi, the chief executive of Athletics Kenya (AK), asked to be relieved of his duties pending an investigation into allegations he sought bribes to minimize the doping bans of two athletes who had failed drugs tests. Mwangi is the fourth Kenyan official to be probed over corruption allegations. Previously, former AK President Isaiah Kiplagat and two other senior figures were quizzed over corruption allegations. Athletics Kenya has been contacted by WADA and the IAAF’s ethics committee about the claims against Mwangi, who denies any wrongdoing.

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