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Kenya faces ‘long journey’ to combat doping crisis, World Athletics boss, Seb Coe says

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The head of the World Athletics Federation, Sir Sebastian Coe has raised concerns over the incessant doping cases involving Kenyan athletes leading to scores of them banned and stripped of their titles.

Coe, while fielding questions from journalists on Thursday in the UK, said Kenya faces a “long journey to combat the doping crisis which many Kenyan athletes have become embroiled in.”

Coe said stopping doping was a long-term commitment which would involve the Kenyan government and the country’s athletics federation.

“We should not kid ourselves this is going to be achieved overnight. I have always said that I would rather have the short-term embarrassment of a positive test than a long term decline and reputational damage of a sport both locally and internationally,” Coe said.

The past few years have seen many athletes from the East African country banned for doping offenses and stripped of their titles and medals.

In December, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) banned Kenyan marathon runners Alice Jepkemboi Kimutai and Johnstone Kibet Maiyo for three years, while sprinter Mark Otieno wss banned for two years for doping offenses.

The ban promoted Kenya’s Sports Minister, Ababu Namwamba, to announce that the government intended to criminalise doping in athletics in an attempt to bring an end to a string of cases in the sport.

A statement from President William Ruto’s office also said the country will not spare any efforts in the fight against doping, adding that it would allocate funding towards combatting doping for the next five years.

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Nigeria’s D’Tigers withdraws from 2025 AfroBasket qualifiers due to lack of funds

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Nigeria’s senior male basketball national team, D’Tigers, have withdrawn from the 2025 FIBA AfroBasket qualifiers dunking off in Tunisia on Friday due to lack of funds.

According to a press release by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), the “painful” withdrawal of the team from the window that could have given Nigeria another opportunity to qualify for the world championship was due to the inability of the Ministry of Sports to provide the federation with the needed funds for the qualifiers.

“In recent times, the female and male national basketball teams have not had the best in preparations for major continental and global championships, due to the perennial lack of funds,” the federation’s statement said.

“However, the financial burdens of ensuring national teams participate in these tournaments have been personally taken up by the President of NBBF, Engr. Musa Kida.

“While Kida, is yet to be refunded the billions of naira he has spent, the participation of the various national teams is in doubt as the federation is unable to raise more funds for the latest national assignment.

“The Ministry of Sports has not been able to come up with needed funds, citing lack of adequate funds to prosecute several other national engagements, including the forthcoming African Games holding in Accra, Ghana in March.

“The board of NBBF appeals to the ever-growing fans and lovers of the game in Nigeria and diaspora to understand the dire situation it found itself in view of the economic challenges faced by the country, even as it promised to redouble its efforts and commitments to the continued growth of the game in Nigeria.”

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Kelvin Kiptum: Autopsy reveals late Marathon record holder died from head injuries

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An autopsy carried out by the Kenyan government has revealed that late world marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, died from severe head injuries in a ghastly road accident on February 11.

Kenya’s chief government pathologist, Johanssen Odour, told journalists at a press conference on Wednesday that the injuries were consistent with those suffered in motor vehicle accidents.

The 24-year-old rising star died in a car accident alongside his Rwandese coach Gervais Hakizimana in killed in a late-night accident near his home in north-western Kenya.

According to a release by his family, Kiptum will be laid to rest on Friday at his home village, Chepkorio in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, in what is expected to be a state event.

Kiptum rose to fame when he became a world marathon record holder when he set a time of 2:00:35 in the Chicago Marathon in October last year after switching to running the marathon from shorter distance races a year before.

At the London Marathon, he set a record pace and improved his personal best time by 50 seconds to beat the 2:01:09 record set by fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, widely considered the greatest marathoner of all time.

Kiptum broke the course record for the London Marathon, winning the men’s event in the second-fastest marathon in history, crossing the finish line in two hours, one minute and 25 seconds.

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