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IAAF to set up anti doping centre in Nairobi

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The International Athletics Associations Federation (IAAF) will set up a regional anti doping centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

Athletics Kenya(AK) chairman Isaiah Kiplagat who is also an IAAF council member said the world athletics governing body wanted to enhance anti doping measures in the continent by making it easier to access those services.

“Currently in the continent its South Africa which only has an anti doping centre where all countries send their samples there making it expensive and time consuming,” he said.

Kiplagat said for an event to conduct anti doping it spends at least Sh300, 000 and if a centre is opened in the country will make the services cheaper.

The chairman said the local governing athletics body has recommended to the IAAF the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to be the centre.

“After assessing health facilities in the country we found that KEMRI is adequately equipped for the exercise and therefore we are pushing the world body to consider this research institution,” he said.

Kiplagat was speaking during the unveiling of the 2012 Kisumu City marathon slated for December 16 in the lakeside town at Riadha House in Nairobi, yesterday.

The Kisumu marathon is the secondoldest marathon in Kenya, having started in 1996 and has been earmarked as part of the ‘Kenyan Marathon Majors’ AK are trying to develop alongside Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa and Eldoret.

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