Renato Canova wrote:
I already answered several times this question.
In the top 100 Kenyan athletes of the last 3 years, 2 of them used some banned substance : Mathew Kisorio and Wilson Erupe Loyanai.
Also some woman used banned substances : you can see the list in the Website IAAF, under the voice "Antidoping".
How you can see, THE ONLY ATHLETE TAKING EPO WAS ERUPE.
Mathew Kisorio used some steroid, the same all the women and some athlete not very strong, how it's possible to see from the list.
Two of them (Erupe who ran 2:05:37, and Ronald Kipchumba Rutto who ran about 2:12:00 in Linz) used EPO. Both trained in Iten, and were friends of a pharmacist who gave them something illegal, thinking to help them (and probably not knowing it was illegal, since this guy doesn't know anything about the IAAF rules). They met the pharmacist in the only pub in Iten, where sometimes they go to drink (and already this is the clear signal they are not professional, because drinking beer in Kenya means to become drunk...), and explained they had some problem at the moment (cold and flu) and the pharmacist told them to go to meet him next day in the pharmacy, and after gave something for them ok.
You need to know that, in Kenya, is almost not possible to buy a pharmac in its original package. If you need a tablet, pharmacists remove what you need (may be 3-4 tablets when the package is with 20 tablets), because there is a lack of medicines for normal people, and to be sick is very common in these areas. They put the removed tablets in a normal envelop, nothing is written and nobody knows the composition of the medicine.
For all the ladies, all training in Kapsabet, the substance was the same : a steroid old generation, that everybody can take for common problems (for example, osteoporosis), and every athlete went to the same doctor when injured, so I suppose the doctor gave them the pharmac thinking to help the body to recover faster from the injury.
The only athlete really looking for something enhancing his performances was Kisorio. He went to the doctor when was in perfect conditions, asking some help for training more, because his body seemed not able to sustain the volume he needed for running a fast marathon.
According to what he says, HE STARTED TO TAKE STEROIDS AFTER BOSTON MARATHON, when he practically exploded after 35 km and finished almost walking. He was caught during the test for National Championships on track, in June, when he ran 10000m finishing with one of the worst times of his career (showing which advantage he could have from doping...), while till Boston he, as almost the totality of Kenyan runners, was "water and ugali" only, and in those conditions ran under 59:00 in HM the previous year.
When I speak about Kenyans running clean, THE ONLY NAME PEOPLE USE FOR SHOWING I'M WRONG IS KISORIO.
There are in top 300 marathon runners in the World about 200 Kenyans, other 200 are in all the track events in top 50 in the World, AND AMONG THESE ATHLETES (who are not the TOP I speak about, for me top are athletes in the best 15 in any event...) ONLY KISORIO AND ERUPE WERE POSITIVES.
Of course, there is also somebody else around the World, but their level is the level of an amateur (2:14 in marathon for a Kenyan it means to be about number 600 in the world).
And somebody continues to speak about "WIDESPREAD DOPING", may be because the report of the German jornalist in TV, that was a collection of lies in order to create a scoop.
Do you know his "deep investigation" how long did last ?
2 days ! He was in Iten one day speaking with me, the next day went Nakuru for one of the Kenyan meetings (at that time, without any idea about doping), and in Nakuru met a coach from Kapsabet who, when discovered he was not a new manager but a journalist, gave him the phone number of a doctor in Kapsabet (of course, after receiving money), and the next day Seippelt went to speak with the doctor saying he was a new manager wanting to open a new camp, asking if the doctor could follow the athletes under the point of view of organisation, training and physiotherapy, and the doctor, looking at the possibility to earn easy money, answered he could do everything, "also to use substances for improving the performances".
Next day the journalist went Nairobi, and found the shop inside Hilton hotel where it was possible to buy something illegal for antidoping with a very simple prescription.
I don't think this situation is very different from what we have in our Countries : with a specific prescription of one doctor, everywhere is possible to buy EPO, because is a normal pharmac used with sick people. How to use, and with whom, EPO, is the real problem.
This TV reportage created a mentality of suspicion around the performances of Kenyans, and everybody started to create in his mind a design of "doped athletes", like in the past for East Germany or Countries of the Soviet block.
This in spite the fact doped continue to appear everywhere, from US to European Countries, from Maroc to Asian Countries, BUT NEVER WE SEE SOME ETHIOPIAN OR KENYAN NAME AMONG THE ATHLETES FAILING BIOLOGICAL PASSPORT OR DOPED WITH EPO.
At the end, I think everybody must examine his conscience, asking himself "where are the prooves this athletes are dirty ?", without trying to convince himself with crazy and stupid ideas, such as a "conspiracy" because IAAF wants to protect those African Countries (but of course not US, not Russia, not Spain, not India and not all the Countries where there is some doped athlete).
I'm tired to explain the reality to people not using their brain.
Thank you Doc.