Seb Coe: Kenya could be banned from Rio due to doping record

Seb Coe

LONDON (AP) — IAAF President Sebastian Coe says Kenyan athletes could be banned from competing in the Rio Olympics if the country is found to be in violation of anti-doping rules.

The ethics commission of track and field’s world governing body is investigating alleged extortion and doping cover-ups in Kenya involving top officials. The World Anti-Doping Agency has also put Kenya on notice that it could be declared non-compliant with the global anti-doping code.

Asked about investigations into Kenya on British television network BT Sport, Coe responded “if it means pulling them out of World Championships or Olympic Games then we will have to do that.”

Coe added: “I know the World Anti-Doping Agency has looked very closely at the Kenyan National Anti-Doping Agency. We of course monitor that through the IAAF so that work is ongoing.”

The IAAF has already suspended Russian athletes from global competition.

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