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Coe ready to kick Kenya out of Rio over cover-up

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Ben Rumsby

Published 18/02/2016 | 02:30

Sebastian Coe confirmed that he would not hesitate to seek the ultimate sanction for any nation guilty of attempting to cover up drug-taking: AFP/Getty Images
Sebastian Coe confirmed that he would not hesitate to seek the ultimate sanction for any nation guilty of attempting to cover up drug-taking: AFP/Getty Images

Sebastian Coe is ready to ban Kenya's entire track and field team from the Olympics if the country's athletics federation joined Russia's in being declared non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

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Coe confirmed that he would not hesitate to seek the ultimate sanction for any nation guilty of attempting to cover up drug-taking, following a stream of shocking allegations about Kenyan athletics and its officials.

The chief executive of Athletics Kenya (AK) this week asked to be relieved of his duties for three weeks pending an investigation into allegations that he sought bribes to reduce the doping bans of two athletes who failed drugs tests.

Wada and the International Association of Athletics Federation's ethics committee have contacted AK about claims against Isaac Mwangi, who denies any wrongdoing. He is the fourth Kenyan official to be probed over corruption allegations following those made against former AK president Isaiah Kiplagat and two other senior figures, who also deny any wrongdoing.

Kenya last week missed a deadline to prove to Wada it was doing enough to combat doping. It faces an anxious wait to learn whether it will be declared non-compliant with the agency's code, something that could see its athletes banned from competing on the world stage.

Coe, the IAAF president, said: "We know that a disproportionate amount of reputational damage is caused by a relatively few countries and we have to be very much more proactive.

"Yes, if it means pulling them out of World Championships or Olympic Games then we will have to do that.

"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." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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