Doping issue ‘as bad as AIDS,’ Kenya track and field boss says

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Track and field’s doping issue is “as bad as AIDS,” said the president of the sport’s governing body in Kenya, the distance-running powerhouse that has seen a recent string of positive drug tests among some of its runners.

“This doping issue is just as bad as AIDS,” Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat said, according to Agence France-Presse. “This will be a serious elaborate exercise [to solve the problem]. We will roll out an educative program such as the one Kenya launched when HIV-AIDS was first detected.”

Kenya’s problems were magnified when it was reported that two-time reigning Boston and Chicago Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo failed a drug test due to EPO last year. She faces a lengthy ban.

At least 38 Kenyan athletes are believed to have tested positive, the BBC reported.

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